Parents who read to their children at night – even after they’ve started school – are helping their children achieve greater academic success in school. A report out by the National Literacy Trust says that too many parents stop reading stories once their children have started school, robbing them of the chance to do better in national tests.

‘Parental involvement in reading has more of an influence on children’s achievement than any other factor – including how well educated or rich their parents are,’explains Julia Strong, organiser of the trust’s campaign.

The report found that while 53% of parents read every day to their child up to the age of four, that figure dropped to 37% in the five to eight age group. A researcher for the Trust added that parental reading sessions gave children invaluable one-to-one help. ‘It gives them exposure to words and consolidates whatever’s being taught in school, reinforcing it. Parents can pronounce the words again and can explain, maybe better than a teacher can.’

INDONESIAN FOLKTALES

Jayabaya
Kyai Jegod
Loro Jonggrang
Malin Kundang
Mount Bromo
Nyi Roro Kidul
Queen Aji Bidara Putih
Talaga Warna
Tangkuban Parahu
Timun Mas

HC ANDERSEN STORIES

Ashputtel
Blue Beard
Buster Bumblebee
Goblin At The Grocers
Griselda
Little Tom Thumb
Ridiculous Wishes
Selfish Giant
Thumbelina

THE STORIES OF THE PROPHETS
Narrated by Al-Imam Ibn Kathir (194 – 256) A.H.
# Adam (peace be upon him)
# Idris (Enoch) (peace be upon him)
# Nuh (Noah) (peace be upon him)
# Hud (peace be upon him)
# Salih (peace be upon him)
# Ibraham (Abraham) (peace be upon him)
# Ismail (Ishmael) (peace be upon him)
# Ishaaq (Isaac) and Yaqub (Jacob) (pbuh)
# Lut (Lot) (peace be upon him)
# Shuaib (peace be upon him)
# Yusuf (Joseph) (pbuh): Part 1
# Yusuf (Joseph) (pbuh): Part 2
# Ayoub (Job) (peace be upon him)
# Dhul-Kifl (peace be upon him)
# The Dwellers of Ar-Rass
# The Story of the Ya-sin People
# Yunus (Jonah) (peace be upon him)
# Musa (Moses) (peace be upon him)
# Hizqeel (Ezekiel) (peace be upon him)
# Dawud (David) (peace be upon him)
# Sulaiman (Solomon) (peace be upon him)
# Zakariyah (Zechariah) and Yahya (John) (pbuh)
# Isa (Jesus) (pbuh): Part 1
# Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) Part 1
# Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) Part 2
# Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) Part 3
# Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasalam) Part 4

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CERITA RAKYAT

Batu Menangis
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Kebo Iwa
Talaga Warna
Timun Mas