I’ve always loved to read and I make sure each night I make time to read before I go to bed. I also love to read to my girls and they are both little book worms. Over the years our favourite time together has been curled up on the sofa with a book, with me bringing it to life with silly voices and be dramatic. I loved nothing more than when Holly would clamber onto my lap with a book, pushing it into my hands as her way to tell me she wanted a story before she could talk.
Alice can now read by herself and one of my favourite sights, is coming into a room and seeing my girls curled up together with Alice reading to Holly. It literally makes my heart melt and I feel incredibly proud of how far Alice has come with her reading. She has always wanted to read, that desire to be able to do it herself was strong. It was just the bit in between, and learning how to read that we had to overcome.
Thankfully when you have a child that wants to read, you’re half way there.
This week the Book Trust has launched its Time to Read campaign. The Book Trust is passionate about getting families to read together, to make it fun and develop a life long love of reading for your child.
What I love most about reading with my girls, is that closeness that I feel to them when we’re reading. Life can be busy, we can be rushing around from place to place. But at that moment, when we are sat together, both of us or all 3 of us engrossed in the story, enjoying it together. We are still, letting our minds take us to a world of imagination. We chat about the story, it will spark something off in them and its one of the moments when I feel most like a parent.
Now Alice is 6 years old, I just love it when she reads a book to me. There is just something special for me hearing her read and I hope that she will always love books as much as I do.
Our Day Out Bringing Our Book To Life
The Book Trust asked us to have a day out and bring a book to life. The girls and I talked about their favourite books and how we could do this. We’re big fans of Julia Donaldson books and The Princess and the Wizard is one of the girls favourites. Alice had the brilliant idea that we could visit a castle. She loves castles and one that we have passed a lot, but hadn’t been to was Windsor Castle.
A couple of weekends ago we headed to Windsor Castle with our book The Princess and the Wizard and brought the story to life.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it is the Princess’s birthday party and the wizard comes along and turns everyone to stone and captures the princess keeping her in the tower.
When Alice spotted the postbox, she was so excited as she said this is where the Princess would post the invites to her birthday party.
As we made our way around the castle, Alice asking lots of questions along the way. She just wants to learn and we talked a lot about the fire at Windsor Castle and how it started. I loved it when she said ‘They should have called the fairy godmother from our book to fix it’.
We found the beefeater who was guarding the castle and Alice was really fascinated by him. We explained that they protected the Queen and she said that the Princess from her book needed one to protect her from the wizard.
There was a shop next to the Beefeater and Alice wondered if this could be where they would buy the party food. As we entered she quickly realised it wasn’t a food shop and it would be where the guests would buy the Princess’s presents. Alice thought the Princess would love a toy Corgi, just like the Queen.
There were many towers around Windsor Castle, but when the girls spotted this one they decided this was the one that the princess would’ve been put in by the wizard.
When it was time for a rest and a snack, Alice wanted to read some more the book to make sure we hadn’t missed seeing any other parts that were like the story.
We had such a lovely day at Windsor Castle, we love a trip to a castle and taking our book along and bringing it to life really added to our day. Making the girls think and look differently at the castle. The girls loved looking around the castle, both inside and outside. Photos are not permitted inside the castle, so I don’t have any to share with you. But they loved seeing all the grand rooms, where they sleep, held balls and where the great Windsor Castle fire started.
It really was a lovely family day out and I know we will return again.
A Bundle Of Books and A Giveaway
The Book Trust kindly sent us a bundle of books and the girls couldn’t wait to start reading them.
I did laugh when I saw the book called Little Monkey, as this is what we affectionately say to Holly and she loved that the book was called it too.
Whilst Holly can’t read yet, she loves to go through the book, looking at the pictures, making up her own story and spotting letters and words that she does know. I think having an older sister and seeing her reading, makes her a bit more independent. Of course we also sit together and read the book too.
What I love now that Alice can read herself, is she will be sat quietly reading and then suddenly burst out laughing at something funny in the book. Shouting ‘quick mummy, come and see this’.
I have a great giveaway for you to enter, The Book Trust are giving away to one lucky reader the same bundle of 4 books that we received, pictured above. To enter head to the Rafflecopter below, it ends on Sunday 7th October 2018. Good Luck!
If you are free this Thursday 20th September at 8-9pm, then head over to Twitter and join in with The Book Trust’s Twitter Party. There will be a chance to win book vouchers. I hope to see you there!
You can find out more about the Time to Read campaign over at the Book Trust.
Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with The Book Trust and I was compensated for my time.