I am a self-confessed book worm. Despite quite a few house moves in recent years I still have several boxes full of books that I don't want to get rid of. I can re-read books and I frustrate the husband with my frequent trips to charity shops to pick up more. It will, therefore, come as little surprise that one of my favourite things to do with Harry is to read to him.
It's far more than reading really. We explore books together, talk about the pictures and once the same book has been read a couple of times, he will join in, narrating the story with me and will often be found lying on his bed "reading" to himself, long after we have said goodnight. I am absolutely convinced that reading with him has helped his imaginative play. How could it not? It's also a pleasant sight when walking into his bedroom to discover that he is in fact simply "reading"; after all we all know that a quiet four-year-old usually spells disaster!
I was really excited to hear about a new reading scheme, run by Bristol company Education Umbrella, Routes to Reading which is being launched with a "Little Readers" day out. The event will be this Saturday 28 June at @Bristol. Set to feature children's authors Paul Stickland (Dinosaur Roar!), Michelle Robinson (How to Wash A Woolly Mammoth) and Jan Dobbins (Driving My Tractor) the free event will be held from 10.30 am to 3 pm and will have fun activities such as face painting, crafts, colouring and Peppa Pig is set to make an appearance!
We are very much looking forward to attending! Will any of you be going?