Reading – The Ordinary Moments

Charlie’s reading has gone from strength to strength since starting back at school in September. He can now quite often be found with his head in a book which has really shocked me as let’s be blunt – Charlie would happily watch TV all day every day if he could.

It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to encourage where possible because all TAs and teachers have told me that boys can be hard to keep reading as they get older, so when Charlie started wanting to read “proper” books with chapters I decided to get him some that he would enjoy.

Before he was born, we discovered this amazing little town which we all love to go together for a day out a few times a year, and in this town is the most AMAZING second hand book shop. The books are all in such brilliant condition and there’s a massive current selection. A few weeks ago my sister and I went and I found 6 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books – each for £1.75 in immaculate condition! I also got a Harry Potter book but sadly it was the third in the series so I’ve ordered the other two.

We popped down to the library yesterday and Charlie chose a few and I found a few “classics” I thought he could try as I want him to read a wide variety.

All this reading has paid off and he’s been moved up a stage at school and his TA has told him he will be free reading by the end of year 2. I’m really proud of him and really want him to keep it up. We are so lucky to have a brilliant library not far from here and I think every month we need to start making a special effort.

If anyone has any other recommendations that would be fab. (David Walliams is on order!)

B xx

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  1. 8th November 2015 / 8:30 am

    Sounds like he’s loving his reading! Ella adores books though she’s only two so it must be my storytelling voice that she loves!! I hope she keeps it up as she learns to read herself. And I adore second hand bookshops. There’s kind of a nostalgic smell to them! And you can find all kinds of weird and wonderful books! Keep it up Charlie!! X

  2. 8th November 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Aw this is such a lovely post, I was such a bookworm when I was a child and I can only hope my daughters become the same, I think it is so important for them. Sounds like Charlie is doing so well with his reading, you must be really proud of him. That second hand bookshop sounds amazing too! x

  3. 8th November 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Oh that’s wonderful, well done him! I was a massive bookworm when I was little too, my mum used to say I devoured books – she had to drive me to the library! As for suggestions; Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons, Michelle Magorian, Lynne Reid Banks’ Indian in the Cupboard series. I’m sure I’ll think of more later!!

  4. 9th November 2015 / 2:40 pm

    How brilliant to see him getting into it now. My friend’s son, nearly 6, has just clicked with his, too, and is suddenly reading all the time. he’s reading some Marvel reading books? I plan to look out for them when it’s my son’s turn! What’s free reading? Off the reading scheme levels or something? x

  5. 11th November 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I constantly had my head in a book as a child, I could never read enough. I remember scouring charity shops for more books and the sale shelves in the library. I hope my kids are as enthusiastic about reading as Charlie seems to be! x