I’ve always instilled in my children the importance of reading, particularly now that youngsters spend far too much time in front of a screen (in my humble opinion).Computers and games have their place in educating future generations, but I’d hate my kids to miss out on the magic of losing themselves in a story.When I was small, it was The Magic Faraway Tree and The Secret Seven which inspired my imagination. Enid Blyton was a joy.So I’m always glad to hear that nurseries and playgroups are working with parents to keep that magic alive, and promote the endless benefits of reading to give a child the very best start.Step into a preschool in Fulham, for example, and you’ll find the staff well versed in The Tiger Who Came To Tea and The Smartest Giant in Town.
And it’s by extending their vocabulary and building confidence that these children grow to enjoy the Harry Potter books or, in the case of my two, the Beast Quest series or David Walliams’ entertaining stories.
Reading is a joy I hope my children never tire of.
What are your children’s favourite books?