How do you turn your children into Bookworms?
“A fine children’s book is as important and worthwhile as any kind of literature, and maybe more so. Read and love a great story or poem when you’re young and the chances are that you’ll become a reader for life, and maybe a writer or an artist.”
I recently come across an article in the Guardian Newspaper that inspired me once again for this coming year. All the CAT 4’s are finished and the Reading Ages have been gathered so now down to the business of reading.
Each Laureate had something that resonated with me and confirmed that DESC is really on the right track.
Quentin Blake (Children’s laureate from 1999 – 2001) ‘I remember the book that almost stopped me reading was Oliver Twist, which I was given to read when I was too young. Fortunately, I came back to Dickens later, when I thought it was absolutely amazing’. This is a conversation I have regularly. It is so important to tap into something that excites, rather than a book that we think should be read. In the words of Michael Morpurgo (2003 – 2005) ‘Reading is not a medicine. There isn’t one book that works for every child because every child is different’.
Anne Fine (2001 – 2003) comments echoed past newsletters from me. ‘Children have never been famed for taking sensible advice but are superb at following a poor example. So if a parent spends most of their own time peering at screens, they can scarcely expect anything different from their offspring’. Always lead by example. Our teachers read alongside their students in both library lessons and during silent starts. I encourage you to do the same.
Chris Riddell (2015 – 2017) suggests ‘The greatest barrier to children’s literacy is the lack of a librarian in a school. They are there to guide, to advise, to recommend – they are the gatekeepers to new worlds and initiate an introduction to new friends on the page’.
Clearly, DESC agrees. We will continue to guide your sons/daughters this academic year and hopefully encourage them to become lifelong readers. Obviously, we need your help. Please read the full Guardian article by clicking HERE. I hope it inspires you as much as it has me.