Reading is one of the greatest pleasures in my life. I am very thankful that my children all love books too.
Working in education, I know that reading is essential in order to be able to access the rest of the curriculum. I started reading to Matthew while I was pregnant. I chose rhyming books and would read them to him and rub my tummy. I carried on wth the same books after he was born and gradually expanded our collection (we now have hundreds, if not thousands!)
I feel guilty that I didn’t read in the same way toAnya and Zach. They had the benefit of listening while I was reading to their older sibling(s) but I didn’t read to either of them when they were a bump (no time!) Matthew is now a voracious reader and loves non fiction best. Anya is growing in confidence and there hads been a huge advance in her reading skills since she joined Year 1.
I also make sure the children see me reading and know I enjoy it. This is much easier now that I am comfortable reading on my Kindle app on my phone: it took me a long time to adapt!
So how about you? Do you prefer paperbacks? Can you read with the children around? What is your favourite book or author?