You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book – Dr Zeuss
Ever since I can remember I have loved reading. Books, magazines, blogs – I’ll read anything! My Mum told me that when I was two I used to walk with her to take my brother to nursery and I would stop at every word I saw to ask what it said. When I got to 3 years old they had to stop buying newspapers because I would read all the horror stories and ask what the words meant. By the time I was 8 I had read every book in my primary school and was placed on ‘free reading’ meaning I could bring my own books in. Now, at the age of 25 I have a billy bookcase from IKEA stacked to the brim of books, another box under the bed and several boxes still at my Mums house. I just love books!
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift – Kate DiCamillo
I’m trying to pass this love of reading on to Emily too. I have visions of us reading together on a picnic blanket on the grass when she’s older. With this in mind we’ve started to introduce stories to her and giving her cloth and board books to explore. She loves to sit with her Daddy and listen to him read a story. She reaches for the pages and watches Daddy point to all the characters.
On a trip to Home Sense a couple of months ago we allowed Emily to choose her own book. What I mean by this is Jordan showed her a range of books and let her explore them. The one in the photo’s above is the one she chose. She cried hysterically when Jordan took it away so we had to buy it. The touch and feel style book is perfect for Emily. We love sensory play so a book with different textures is just perfect. Because the book is a board book I know that I don’t have to worry about it getting destroyed whilst she plays. She is able to manoeuvre the pages herself and can hold it well in her hands. This book can keep her entertained for a good few minutes before she crawls off to find something else.
You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read to a child – Dr Zeuss
I have an under the bed storage box full of books from my childhood ready and waiting to share with Emily. The book I am most excited about is ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’. This book is so special to me as it is one that my Nana bought for me. She passed away 8 years ago so never got to meet Emily but I know she would have loved her! My Nana was a big reader and always bought me books. I can’t wait to journey to the lands at the top of the tree with Emily when she is old enough.
Waterstones is my happy place and I hope for it to be Emily’s too! Do you read with your child? What are your favourite books?
Love Laura xx