I love books.
I love everything about them – the way they look on the shelves, (so long as the spines are lined up flush with the edge and not pushed back, obviously), the way they smell, stroking the covers, it’s all good. Oh and reading them. I like that bit too. I’ve always tried to encourage a love of books and reading in my children too, but I also appreciate that not all children are lucky enough to have access to a wide range of books and that sometimes it’s difficult to get kids excited about reading.
It’s tough nowadays isn’t it to get children to pick up a book instead of an iPad?
I believe that a love reading is hugely valuable – not only is it an important skill in terms of doing well in school generally, but it’s a fantastic form of escapism, a brilliant way to relax and unwind and a great way to stimulate imagination and creative thinking. Just think back to when you were young, reading a Secret Seven book in bed, how evocative the language was and how scared you were – you don’t get that with a game of Flappy Fish on a tablet do you?
That’s why I’m supporting the Scottish Friendly Children’s Book Tour.
Scottish Friendly has been running a book tour far the last 14 years to support The Scottish Book Trust, an organisation looking to inspire readers and writers of all ages, not just children. They have a massive range of resources available, and browsing their website I was particularly impressed by their book lists – I will definitely be checking out some of the suggestions on the ‘female detectives’ list.
The book tour is very ‘hands on’, taking the very best UK and international authors directly into schools across Scotland and England to inspire a love of reading, writing and illustration, reaching around 6,000 children every year. Anything that gets kids excited about books is a good thing in my eyes.
What were your favourite books as a child?
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