Sitting on my knee I open the pages of the book and start to read 'That's not my .....'. As I do so my daughter's arms flail in the air as if she's excited that she's being read to. If this is pure excitement over a book I do hope that it continues. For I know what it is to feel pure escapism with a book and be eager to turn the pages and find out whether my assumptions of how a story will unfold turn out to be true or not.
I first learnt to read using Peter and Jane books and loved completing them so that I could pick up the next instalment and thus progress my reading.
These books appear to have been overtaken by Biff and Chip of the literary world. However, it seems that despite many schools installing them as part of their curriculum not everyone is a fan. Opting instead for other reading strategies such as Rigby Star, Ladybird, Ruth Miskin, Jolly Phonics, Snapdragons, Songbirds, Floppy Phonics, Glow - worms and Dandelion Books.
Will I be able to encourage a sense of excitement for reading within my daughter. Only time will tell but for now Usborne books rate very highly by her. Of course many other book brands are available. Here's a picture of my daughter exploring a new set of books she has acquired by her great cousin unbeknown to him.
What are your favourite childhood books? Do you have any recommendations? I'd love to hear from you.