Our book list to help develop reading skills in children.
Reading is one thing that I’m really passionate about as a parent. I’ve written before about how I want to raise little bookworms. Knowledge is power after all.
I don’t want to be a pushy parent by any means, but I’m pleased that my children both seem to like books and having stories read to them. I’m keen for this to continue and with a growing library of children’s books in our possession, I’ve put together a list of some of the ones we’re intending to enjoy during the course of this year (mainly to help keep me focused and ensure I continue to read to them every day):
As many books by Roald Dahl as possible.
Sophia got a box-set of Roald Dahl books from Santa Claus for Christmas: ‘Matilda’, ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’, ‘The Twits’, ‘Boy’, ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’… they’re all in there. We’ve already made a start on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and I’m really looking forward to introducing both Sophia and Dexter to the delights of Dahl this year. I remember reading these when I was young and it’s great that I can introduce the same characters to my children. I may wait a while before introducing them to ‘The Witches’ though…
The adventures of Ugenia Lavender.
The tales of Ugenia Lavender are written by former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell. While I’m not a fan, Sophia enjoys listening to Ugenia’s adventures. We have a book with 3 stories in it and I know Sophia is adamant that we get through them all.
Mr Men books.
Father Christmas came up trumps with a lovely set of Mr Men books for Dexter. They’re not the classic Roger Hargreaves stories (which I enjoyed reading as a child), but I’m hoping they’re written in the same vein and will be just as delightful.
We’re fans of children’s author Oliver Jeffers in this house. His book, ‘Stuck’, was a particular delight for Sophia and Dexter. We’re slowly building up a collection of Jeffers’ books and his latest bestseller, ‘The Day The Crayons Quit’, is definitely on our must-read list.
Books that arrive via the Room to Grow Bookshare Scheme
As I’ve written before, we’re taking part in the Room to Grow Bookshare Scheme. We’ve already had two books sent to us to read together; one was a brand new book that Sophia and Dexter loved (‘Who’s On The Loo?’) and the other was a book we already owned (‘Stick Man’), but which rekindled our enjoyment of this old favourite. We’re looking forward to receiving more books through this scheme, however many that might be.
So that’s our current reading list for 2014. It seems quite a task to get through, but we read together every night so I’m confident we can do it.
What will you be reading with your children in 2014?