Chapter one – seeing the light
The landing light was spilling through the crack of my bedroom door, and I could hear the faint comforting scritch scratch of Dad’s biro as he sat on the top stair waiting for me to drift off to dreamland, writing his stories to read to me and my brother. Reading has remained a large part of my own life story and my shelves at home strain under the weight of books from my childhood that, when opened, release memories as fresh as they were years ago.
Chapter two – Have you read the one about the literate, imaginative, caring society?
Reading alone is not the key to all progress but it does play one of the leading characters in the tale, integral to achieving a fair and caring culture in which positive participation in thinking and debate can take place and our relationships with each other are nurtured.
“Why have you done all this for me?” He asked “I don’t deserve it. I’ve never done anything for you.” “You have been my friend,” replied Charlotte “that in itself is a tremendous thing.”
Chapter three – Made in Britain, America and beyond
Writers, popular the world over, such as Charlotte Bronte and William Shakespeare and two of my personal favourites Roald Dahl and Edward Gorey, bring welcome tourism and business to their retrospective countries of origin. Authors past and present are our timeless heroes and if I were to praise all our well-loved writers, my blog would become a novel in itself.
Chapter four – A child who reads will be an adult who thinks
But I digress…it is children’s books where my narrative should lead. From an early age we start to ‘read’ faces, and then start to recognise objects around us. We point out illustrations and link pictures to the words they represent. What a privilege to be able to enter wonderful worlds where a boy can embark on an adventure in a giant flying peach with his insect friends and little girls hide in wardrobes in search of a land of snow and ice. These books cultivate imagination helping children to develop and mature, becoming a part of their identity. There are great life lessons to be learned within their pages…
“If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”
International Children’s Book Day on 2nd April offers the perfect excuse to dust off the pages of your favourite book from childhood. But don’t stop there, find the time to revisit the magic every once in a while, grasp the true meaning of the written word and the positive role it can play in our lives and the society we live in.
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty or more.”