In case it’s passed you by, today is World Book Day so I thought I’d share with you my little bookworm.
It’s safe to say that I am a bookworm, I LOVE books. I don’t claim to be a connoisseur of literature, in fact I’m far from it, I’ve not read all the classics like Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre or Of Mice & Men but I do like to think I know a good book when I’ve read one (Let’s Talk About Kevin or Chocolat anyone?). I have even joined the BritMums book club to try get me back into reading since I’ve had Luca, seriously who has the time to read with a child in tow. Anyhow, I digress.
My reading gene seems to have been passed to my child, he loves to look at books and have them read to him. If he finds a book, even a boring, plain, no pictures to look at book, he will bring it to me to read. Magazines, catalogues, big textbooks or small children’s books, he’s not fussy. He will often wander into his bedroom and fetch me a book from his very own, expanding library. In fact only the other day we spent the morning attempting to read every book he owns. Despite his lack of preference for book type he does have a few favourites, Tiddler, The Highway Rat & Room on the Broom being up there, surely I’m not the only mum to know Tiddler by heart? Julia Donaldson has a lot to answer for in our household.
He will even go off with a book by himself and flick through and he’s now started to pretend to read, he will turn the pages and jabber on, it’s very cute or get out his nursery rhyme book and sing the songs that match the pictures. I even caught him reading to his Elmo teddy the other day, my heart nearly exploded from my chest.
Luca already has a pretty impressive collection of books and its always expanding, I simply cannot resist buying books, especially books for Luca. I have also passed down my favourite book as a child, the book my daddy used to read to me every night before sleep time, Sky High, as well as a few other favourites like Dogger. I’ve invested in a few Roald Dahl’s already for when he’s older and his Great Boppa got him a Roald Dahl collection for Christmas too. But there are so many more I know I’m going to be keeping or buying because I loved them so much as a child and I want to eventually share the joy I found in those pages with him too.
So here is a list of my must have books as a child (and some as an adult), books I got lost in and ran away with my imagination:
For when he is little:
Sky High – Frances Wosmek
The Jolly Postman – Janet & Allen Ahlberg
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy – Lynley Dodd
Dogger – Shirley Hughes
A Bear Called Paddington – Michael Bond
The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton
Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl
George’s Marvelous Medicine – Roald Dahl
For when he’s a little older:
Harry Potter -J K Rowling
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Northern Lights (trilogy) – Phillip Pullman
Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend
The Borrowers – Mary Norton
Truckers – Terry Pratchett
The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
Witch Child – Celia Rees
Through a Looking Glass Darkly – Karleen Koen
Would any of these make your list? I’d love to know what your favourites were and maybe discover some more great reads?
In honour of World Book Day, the lovely Lucy who blogs over at Capture by Lucy shared an idea of posting #shelfie pictures. Basically a picture of your child/ren with their book shelf (gerrit?!). So here is Luca’s #shelfie, who would much rather read than pose for the camera.
Head on over to Lucy’s absolutely beautiful blog to see some more #shelfie pictures.