World Book Day
Its world book day and I know I love nothing more than reading a story with my child or Kayleigh my PA who loves reading with her children.
Are you knee deep in costumes for your little one this year? Or are you choosing to mark the day in a more understated way?
It is never too early to start reading to your baby, reading to your bump is an excellent way to bond with baby long before his or her arrival. From around 20 weeks babies can start to recognise sounds . I have such wonderful memories of reading "Oh the places you will go!" to my bump.
When baby arrives reading to them can help produce moments of calm, can help you both take a moment from the whirlwind that comes with having a new baby and reassure them with the sound of your voice.
As children grow continued reading can improve speech and language skills and encourage a thirst for knowledge that will set them up for life.
So whether you take a stroll in the deep dark wood with The Gruffalo, invite a Tiger to Tea or set off on an adventure with Winnie the Pooh, I encourage you to embrace reading with your child and create memories to treasure always.
Childrens brains are quite literally sponges, story telling helps fire up the imagination and creativity, I could probably attribute a lot of my creativity to my Dad who would read to me, in great animation, he would really get involved and take on each character and I absolutely loved this time with him, he would also take us long walks or as sold to us adventures over Hackney Marshes, we would be on treasures hunts always filled with story telling from factual things about the animals and insects to made up stories about the yellow brick road (a random pathway in the middle of the marshes). I wonder if it’s still there!?