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Louise's story: Reading with children

Louise's inspiring story.

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Click on the picture above to hear Louise Jones' inspiring story of learning to read.


My name's Louise Jones and I’m from Manchester. I'm a full-time mum. I've got one son called Daniel who's two years old and another son called Oscar who's one.

I am dyslexic. I found out when I was in primary school because I couldn't read books, letters, or anything important. It made me feel really sad, upset, ashamed.

Daniel had nursery books and I just wouldn't read them. I just didn't have the confidence to read them, and in my own way I didn't want to read them because I didn't want to look like an idiot.

My health visitor noticed that Daniel had a speech development problem. I thought, "I have to get my backside in gear!" because soon he's gonna be going to school where he's gonna have to look at books and if Mummy's not helping him read, he can't bring them home, can he? And I can't sit and read with him, which I want him to do. I want him to come home and bring the books to me so I can read to him.

That's when I decided to get the courage up to phone my support worker Vicky and say, "Look, is there any way you can help me get on to a course? A literacy course."

I hated going but Daniel was that kick up the bum to say, "You've got to go for me." My second week was really good – I enjoyed my second week and everything, so every day I think I'm improving.

[Reading to Daniel and Oscar] "Freddie was a naughty fish. One day he saw a bright, shiny pearl on the sea floor." Look, and there's the pearl, and the clam.

Now I'm reading nursery books with Daniel and I love it! It's really good. I like to see the smile on his face when he points out the books and stuff.

[Reading to Daniel and Oscar] "You are a very naughty fish!"

The literacy course has done a lot for me. I love reading books and, one time, you wouldn't catch me within a mile of a book. Daniel's learning every day. That's all that matters.

Quick tips for tutors

  • Short film about Louise Jones who learned to read as an adult.
  • She discusses what learning to read has meant for her and how she now enjoys reading to her children.
  • May be used to introduce the topic in class and stimulate discussion around the featured story.
  • Can be used alongside E1/E2 factsheets and worksheets on the subject of reading with children.