Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Encouraging a love of reading

We were sent two children’s books from Waterstones and as always eldest was keen to read the new books as soon as they arrived.  He is an avid reader of both fiction and reference books.  He enjoys expanding his knowledge base, telling us facts he has gleaned from the pages.  You can often find him lost in a good book; to be honest I was pretty much the same as a child.

The two I selected were aimed at children 5-8 years old but my eldest is a particularly confident reader at 8, so would have been fine with the books in the 9-12 years old category.  But he already has all the Wimpy Kid books and many by the author David Walliams too, so we decided to see what Claude: Lights! Camera! Action! and Mister Cleghorn's Seal would be like instead.

But eldest is not one to pass up a good book, regardless of whom it is targeted at he was quick to tuck himself in bed and start flicking through the pages.


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Claude: Lights! Camera! Action! has very colourful funny illustrations that will certainly appeal to your children.  I love the gorilla in a dressing gown with a dainty cup of tea especially!


There are plenty more books featuring Claude on his adventures, so I can imagine we will be adding more to our shelves as time goes by.  Claude was picked for a Waterstone's Children's Book Prize which gives you some indication of the quality of the book for its audience. 

The humour is a bit out there, but that will only help to capture their attention and make them want to read more and there is nothing quite like hearing the laughter of your child as they read.  It is one of my most favourite sounds, when you know they are really enjoying reading.

The other book we were sent Mister Cleghorn's Seal it is very well written with Judith Kerr line illustrations bringing the book to life.  It is a heart-warming tale of Mister Cleghorn trying to find a home for an abandoned seal pup.  Both my boys would probably do the same; I can imagine them coming home with some animal or other in need of assistance.  Not sure why eldest is wearing ear defenders possibly as he wants to focus on the book without any distractions...



Youngest is still very tentative about reading, so it is lovely having two new books I can read to him.  But we keep going and slowly and surely he is getting there.  We did uncover one of the reasons he was so reluctant to try and that was because he had thought that naturally at 18 everyone could suddenly read.  So he had decided with his own twisted logic (bless him) that he did not need to put in all the effort as when he become an adult he would just be reading like everyone else… I am glad we had the conversation though as he seems a bit more encouraged to learn now!

15 comments:

  1. Love this post! I'm always on the lookout for more books as reading/story time is very important for us! When we got the TidyBooks bookcase for review, I had an even bigger excuse to buy more books for L! x

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  2. Thank you - we run out of books at an alarming rate now my two are confident readers. I find books for boys especially difficult to get inspiration for, so it's good to get some suggestions.

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  3. These books look great. I am addicted to buying books for my two. They do enjoy reading so will look out for these. x

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  4. I love going to Waterstones, I could spend all day in one! Will watch out for these two when I go x

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  5. We love Waterstones! It's usually an expensive visit..... My children love their books, although the ridiculous RWI scheme turned my youngest son's interest off for a couple of years.

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  6. What great suggestions. I love Waterstones too - we always go to our local one for a browse (and a look at the fish they have in a tank there!!). I can never resist buying my kids books!

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  7. Isaac always hated reading, especially school books but he has just found that the library has more interesting books and is off and devouring them now

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  8. I have one reader and one reluctant reader. It is always great to find new books for them

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  9. My two are massive book worms - get to have some new suggestions of what to buy.

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  10. Ha ha - I wonder if your son would have applied the same logic to other things if you hadn't had the conversation with him! Love the ear protectors. Maybe I should use them when I want 5 mins peace with my book, without interruption fom the kids!

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  11. That's so funny - thank goodness you found out why he was so reluctant! These books both look great.

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  12. We're huge book lovers and Ilove the Claude book! The illustrations are just up my street! x

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  13. Ah I love it when my kids pick up books and want to read them. These ones sound fab x

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  14. Those both look like great choices; I have found that as my kids have got older it's harder to find 'in between' books, ones which are bright and colourful but aimed at older children so these look really great. I will have to add them to my list. Love the logic about reading as well, bless!

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  15. Awww, lovely. My son took a long time to find a love of reading, but now he can't get enough. x

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