I’m C and H’s dad and an avid Story Seekers follower on this blog and on Twitter – out of choice I should add, rather than duress!
As is abundantly clear from her previous blog posts, Loll is incredibly passionate about children’s books. Am I as passionate? Well, no, as that’s virtually impossible, but I do think it’s important that, as much as possible, we create the environment where C and H can handle, explore and hopefully gain a hunger for reading as I believe it will set them up for life ahead.
As a slight aside, I’m writing this having spoken on the phone to my 91 year old grandad for an hour last night. He’s the most well and widely read individual I know and still devours newspapers and books on a daily basis. We can go from discussing a Times article on the revival of the UK wool trade to a book on Japan in seconds. I’m convinced it’s his fiery mind that keeps him going and I wish I had the same love of reading.
Anyway, back to children’s books and my kids. I read to them (almost) daily just before bed and for me it’s golden time. Don’t get me wrong, rumbling with my boys is also golden time but reading with them is a different kind of closeness!
We get almost daily deliveries of children’s books to our house. These come from different sources but we have an ongoing joke (OK, it’s my ongoing joke) that we have a personalised chute connected to our letter box from all these suppliers. (Personalised chutes are definitely an untapped investment potential).
As a result, we pretty much have children’s books in every room and inevitably Loll and I discuss all sorts of connected things. We’re both quite opinionated so she suggested I channel my opinions on her blog in a mini-series (subject to content and reader reaction – this could either be the first of many or the one and only!).
I’ve a short list of topics covering things like books I remember from my childhood, whether story CDs are a good thing, book reviews and my next post which will be about kids books which have an adult subtext. The list is as short as that so if anybody wants a dad’s (/guy’s) take on something, feel free to suggest something below…