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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Roald Dahl was my favourite when I was little, I loved all his books! x
I am a total book perv, and always have been. When I was younger I read anything I could get my hands on. Now I read anything I can keep my eyes open long enough to take in. x
my girls love books… they’d def much rather read a book than play on the tablet thank goodness :)
I am so looking forward to getting into chapter books with my daughters. I have great memories of looking forward to taking turns reading The Chronicles of Narnia books with my brother and our mum at bedtime.
I loved Roald Dahl too – Danny The Champion of the World being my fave! My big two are into Tom Gates, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Clarice Bean books :)
I think it’s really important to get children interesting in reading, luckily my little man loves books
We are a family who love books too…I just wish I had more time to read them these days! When I was younger I loved the Famous Five…and Mallory Towers! I love enjoying them all over again through my children’s reading!
I loved famous five books too! And the chronicles of Narnia x
I’ve always loved kids books way more than adult ones. My favourite were definitely Milly Molly Mandy and the Famous Five. Anything with adventure :) x
I had so many favourite books! Know what you mean about Kindles replacing everything, although I hope this won’t happen with children’s books as they’re so visual aren’t they? Would be hard to replicate this on a screen.