I know that this post maybe going against the grain of what I write about, but reading stories at bedtime is -hopefully – when the seed is firmly planted and we carry it on into our later life. They are magical tales of adventure, exploring enchanted forest’s, fairies, gruffalo’s, magical chocolate factories…the list goes on and on and on.
I wasn’t a particularly avid reader as a lad, although I used to draw a lot and recreate scenes from the Universal Horror Films with my action men and an empty cardboard crisp box. My imagination was there but reading was a little bit down the list of things to do. I did read, don’t get me wrong, but only what I needed to, whereas now I read almost anything and everything: from novels to adverts on beer mats. The words catch my eye and I have to read what is there.
It was later that I really got into reading novels, my first ever one being A Season In Hell by Jack Higgins, which, after I had finished reading it thought to myself…”Wow! What am I missing out on here?” From then on I always seemed to have a book in my hand. I particularly enjoyed the early work of Shaun Hutson, James Herbert, Richard Laymon and these seemed to fuel my urges to actually write something myself.
I know that this post has had an autobiographical feel to it but I think what I’m trying to say is that we should all read and we should certainly encourage our children to read. Kids these days spend too much time on their playstations, x-boxes, chat rooms etc, etc. Yes, I know that sounds a bit hypocritical as I sit here writing on my blog, but blogging is actually a chance to write something constructive about your thoughts, feeling, interests and not some mindless way of telling your best mate that you have just got up and been to the toilet, be that on a chat room or a text.
My wife and myself read our two daughter’s a couple of stories every night. We put on the funny voices or change the names of the characters in the stories and include our girls names. They love their stories and we could probably narrate the stories without the books themselves.
I don’t know if many of you will have caught the feature on BBC Radio 2 this past week, but Jeremy Vine had a listeners poll regarding the all time favourite Children’s Favourite Bedtime Story.
The pictures on this post refer to the books that were included in the poll and (It was my favourite as well!) The Gruffalo won. It was read by the author, Julia Donaldson, herself live on air and I had to ‘down tools’ to listen.
I’ll finish with a question. What would your all time favourite bedtime story be? Be it for a child or an adult. I’ll leave it to you to consider….