Family Life

There’s nothing quite like a good book

Today is World Book Day, and Busby and I began the day reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (which is her current favourite… and by favourite I mean she’ll sit still and look at the pages as I turn them).  I’ve been reading to Busby since she was born, as I want her to grow up loving and appreciating literature as I do, but I also feel it’s so important for her development as a person; communication, imagination and key English skills can all be learnt through reading and being read to. 

Books are so important to me; I have always loved them and they have always been such a huge part of my life. I’ve never quite understood (or trusted) people who don’t read! Key moments in my life are remembered through the books I was reading at the time.

My 10 favourite books
1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence 
3. A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood 
5. Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein 
6. Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
7. The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan (and most things by McEwan!!) 
8. Wuthering Heights by Emily BrontΓ«
9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 
10. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

My favourite reading places
In the bath: it’s the only place I get to read my own books at the moment.
Snuggled up in bed with Nick: throughout my pregnancy we’d often go to bed at 8pm to read – it was bliss!

I’m so happy I now have an excuse to buy children’s books; I must admit I bought them anyway, but now it’s not as weird to have them in my bookcase!
My Top 10 Children’s Books
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
2. The Tiger Who Came for Tea by Judith Kerr
3. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (and everything by Jeffers!!)
4. Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
5. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxbury
6. Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd 
7. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister 
8. Old Bear Stories by Jane Hissey
9. Five Minutes Peace by Jill Murphy
10. Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear? by Martin Waddell and Barbara Firth

What’s your favourite book? Where’s your favourite place to read? What children’s books do you love? Let me know below, tweet me or comment on my Facebook page!
Hannah

2 Comments

  1. Mummy Plum

    7th March 2013 at 10:27 pm

    The tiger who came to tea is one of my all time faves. I also love the Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson. My son looks at me in amusement when I get choked up as I read ‘ I must not fail’ said the tiny snail…does it to me every time!

    1. Hannah

      7th March 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I’ve never read the Snail and the Whale but it has just been added to my Amazon basket πŸ™‚ x

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