We’re a big fan of the written word here, and with several bookcases full of books you’re never far away from a good book to get stuck into.
Whatever your age.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re never too young to get interested in books.
With the two children of the house, they’ve been ‘reading’ books since they were about 6 months old, and now at 7 and 11 years old they love to pick up a book and read to themselves.
Yes, from 6 months old. Admittedly, they don’t do much actual reading at that age, and just prefer to gum the book instead and use it as a teething ring, but the act of picking up a book and looking at the pictures is still a good habit to instil.
To save soggy paper, cloth books are the best bet here! You can get cloth versions of the classic kids books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar so they can chew as much as they like. :-)
When they get to around a year old, they can sit on your knee and try and turn the pages over as you’re reading for extra fun and games.
Try a bath version of the books as well with a waterproof one.
You can even buy little books that attach to the side of your pushchair as well called Buggy Buddies.
These were a godsend when out and about in town as it would keep them amused for ages in the pushchair, and there was no chance of losing them as they couldn’t throw them out as they were firmly attached by a plastic twirly clip.
Nowadays, they have a bookcase full of books, are strong readers and pick up a book for fun. Just the way it should be. Current favourites at the moment for the 11 year old are any David Walliams book, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
The 7 year old prefers the Horrid Henry series.
As for me, I read everything and anything too – including the children’s classics. Like I said, you’re never too young or old to read, and escape into a fantasyland….