We were asked did we want to be part of the Room to Grow scheme, as it encourages reading and an appreciation of books I jumped at the chance. I remember my love of books as a child; I would sit and read big chunks of a book so absorbed in the story that I would completely forgot everything else for a while and stay wrapped up in the adventure!
Youngest was thrilled when our first book arrived, Stick Man by Julia Donaldson. It is one we have managed to miss somehow, both boys enjoyed the story and hearing about what poor Stick Man gets up to before being reunited with his dear family. The only grumble youngest had with me was the fact I added the book to the envelope to be returned for another family to enjoy… I think he would have quite happily hung on to that book!
But it’s a good way to introduce my children to new themes and different authors, helping me see what books interest them and developing their enthusiasm for stories.
The scheme funded by Room to Grow started this month and runs through till February, during that time we will have the opportunity to receive around seven different books. As the scheme is juggling the reading needs of a wide range of children with the over 300+ books they have at their disposable some of the books might be a little too old or too young for my boys, but I am still very enthusiastic about this scheme and do feel it can be only a good thing to encourage our children to pick up more books!
I am saddened by the fact that a survey by the National Literacy Trust revealed that fewer children read in their spare time and one in five are actually embarrassed to be caught reading. After a childhood dominated by the adventures surrounding the Magic Faraway Tree it upsets me to think books are being so readily dismissed…