If you’ve been living under a rock, you won’t know it is World Book Day today. An annual celebration of books and reading across the UK and Ireland. It’s a day to celebrate your favourite books, the hundreds of characters within them and those very talented authors who have captured our attention and given us a world away from our own reality between the pages.
Reading is a huge part of our lives and we have been reading to both our children since they were little babies. It’s part of our bedtime routine and we have hundreds of books, mostly short stories that grab our boys attention and captivate them for a few minutes at least.
Our favourite books
Olly is now six and at that age where he has learnt to read and can now pick up a book and read it independently. It’s wonderful to hear him read and see him get lost in a book. When Olly was little we bought him the whole collection of Thomas and Friends. He has loved trains from a very early age and we used to read him a story from the collection each night. We also used to read him Mr Men and Little Miss books from the Mr Men collection as they were a collection my husband and I used to get each other as gifts way before we were married and the children arrived.
Olly’s favourite book is The Gruffalo written by his favourite author Julia Donaldson. She has written so many amazing stories and our favourites are the popular rhyming stories for children such as Room on the Broom, Stick Man and The Smartest Giant in Town. It seems Olly isn’t alone in loving Julia’s work as recent research by Happy Beds reports that Julia was the most featured author in their quest to find the Internet’s Favourite Bedtime Book. Her writing along with illustrations from Axel Scheffler have really won the nations hearts.
Olly’s also really fond of books written by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet which include Barry the Fish with Fingers, I Need A Wee and No Bot. They’re really funny books which make you laugh out loud and Olly always goes to bed with a smile on his face after reading them.
Freddie, our one year old, is too little to really understand what his favourite book is but he loves to sit with one of us and look at the illustrations as we read the bedtime story. I’m sure it won’t be long before he brings us his favourite books to read at bedtime.
I grew up reading Roald Dahl books and have read pretty much all of his books. My favourite Roald Dahl books were Matilda, The BFG, The Twits and James and the Giant Peach. They’re all iconic books that I remember reading as a little girl. It’s funny what you remember isn’t it? I can’t wait to read more of his books to my boys when they’re old enough to sit still for more than ten minutes.
My husband’s favourite children’s book is also a Roald Dahl classic and he loved George’s Marvellous Medicine. It was a book he loved to read as it made him laugh with the ridiculous happenings to the animals in the story.
So whilst it’s fun for children to dress up as their favourite character for World Book Day in schools and nurseries across the country, it’s really important that children learn more about these characters from the books that have been written. Reading is fun and helps encourage children to be creative and imaginative and helps to develop those all important reading and writing skills which will stand them in good stead in the future.
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