I grew up reading Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island and Anne of Green gables ; just to mention a few as the list is too long.
I was also a major bookworm who loved nothing better to escape into the pages of a good book and I must admit as I got older I was an extreme sucker for a good romance. Not Mills and Boon style romance but the kind where there wasn’t always a happy ending or page after page of naked revelations. The Characters were complicated yet intriguing and the possibilities were endless.
In my early years I could be found in the back corner of the school library hiding out with my book of choice.
It was my way of escaping unhappy home situations. The library was also my main way of accessing books.
Books held an amazing world under each cover. Fiction and Non fiction books were consumed at a rapid rate. The only time I must admit over the years that I did not want to see a book again for a while was after completing My University degree, but this was text books.
Mr T & T is an avid reader and comes from a family who love to read. The main literature in my house when growing up was readers digest and My Mum had a big collection of mills and Boon books. I have also met friends over the years who grew up being exposed to a great selection books but do not enjoy reading.
Many hours of reading to our kids, always a variety of books around and encouragement may or may not have contributed to the fact that Most of our kids enjoy reading now and Miss Moo is well and truly a lover of books.
So how can we encourage our kids to read for enjoyment?
Join the local library and start when your children are young. The library is a great place to access free books and expose kids to a wider variety. Most libraries run story time sessions and sessions ( for babies). Some information:
◾Western Australia Better beginnings
◾ Libraries of SA
◾ ACT Libraries
◾Tasmanian public Library services
◾ Melbourne Library services
Read to your child often and from a young age. It is never too early to start
When searching for books consider your child’s interests ( it’s ok if they want to read age and content appreciate magazines, this is still reading.
Take an interest in what your child is currently reading and take the time to talk about the book. When they are younger ask questions such as Can you find… ? , What colour is… ? Can you count how many…?.
Give books and magazine subscriptions for presents to older children.
One of our family favourites is the book – A Fortunate Life , By: A.B. Facey . So when our gorgeous Miss Moo arrived the decision to name her was not a challenge. ‘Myra’ was the name of Albert Facey’s (the main character) sister and our name of choice.
How wonderful would it be if many of the stories of our ancestors were left behind on pages to keep the memories alive.
Enjoy the Moments