Book Related Misc. Reviews

My journey into reading & why I think all children should read!

There’s one thing that you probably already know about me and that’s that I love books. If you learn absolutely nothing else about me during your time on my blog that’s absolutely fine and dandy but do know that books and reading will always be my one true love. Today I’m partnering up with Rossall School for this post and sharing my story on how I got into reading and some reasons why I think it’s super important for children to read. Books are complete magic and the words within the pages are so powerful. Books are the reason I started this blog, which got me out of a really dark, dank place in my life. They’re not only my true love, they’re my savior too. 

So my Mum is the reason I love books as much as I do now because she’s always loved reading too. I can’t remember a time seeing her without a book on the go. From a young age, she would read to me, mostly during the nights when I would sleep in her bed because my Dad was working nights. I was fairly young when Harry Potter came out so I remember her reading the first few to me, along with a few Narnia books among others!

I always read when I was at school too and during the Summer holidays, I was a frequent library-goer! I don’t know if anyone in the UK remembers this (or whether they still do them) but they had library reading challenges throughout the Summer holidays where everyone’s names were on a chart on the wall of the library and you moved up a “section” the more books you read. You got stickers and prizes and things, the more you read.

Obviously I took part every single year and always made it straight to the top. I’m Hermione Granger and… you are?

This was the kind of time where I was obsessed with Jacqueline Wilson books but I mean what young 90’s girl wasn’t? Sleepovers was one of my favourites and I’d honestly love to read loads of her books again now to bring back the memories! I was also weirdly obsessed with a series called Sheltie the Shetland Pony. There were hundreds of those damn books and I made it my mission to have every single one. Yet I had zero interest in ponies or horses. Weird.

My love for reading grew with me, which brings me to “the age of Twilight” which completely consumed me and my friends in year 8 or 9 (I can’t quite remember) and I vividly remember reading the whole of Breaking Dawn whilst on holiday in Tenerife. I’ve been through a lot of book “phases”; Twilight, 50 Shades, John Green, Chic-lit and now Thriller (and all the sub-genres) are my favourite books which I always reach for bar the odd few.

The thing is with books is that they’re everlasting and they’ll never get boring or go out of style. I’ve read so many genres and there are so many exciting plot-lines to enjoy. When you feel like you’ve had a enough of a particular genre then there’s plenty more to chose from and plenty new authors to discover. Books will always be there to comfort you in the good and the bad. And when I have kids, I’ll do everything I can to try and help them discover the magic of books like I did!

Reasons why I think children should read:

Bonding activity

There’s no doubt that reading as a child is a fantastic bonding activity. I have so many memories of my Mum reading to me when I was little which I’m sure I’ll always cherish. Reading is such an accessible activity which enables children to bond with parents, siblings, friends and teachers.

Opens your imagination

Obviously this doesn’t only apply to children and children’s book but books in general open your imagination from a young age and continue prying it open all the way until adulthood! I think once that seed is sown as a child, you’ll always have that imagination that books bring.

Safe and rewarding hobby

Reading is the safest hobby you can have (apart from paper cuts, ouch!) and I’m by no means saying that kids need to spend their years wrapped up in bubble wrap but I think that reading can be seen as that safe “go to”, maybe when other things aren’t going so well. That’s definitely the case in adulthood. It’s also super rewarding when you finish reading a book as a child, I remember feelings on top of the world whenever I turned the last page!

Helps with literacy

Reading as an outside hobby can help massively with literacy and only enhances a child’s literacy skills. Again, even well into adulthood, I find reading more and more books helps with my vocabulary! That doesn’t stop when you grow up.

Helps you figure out what you like

Books and reading is a great foundation for figuring out what sort of things you like. Adventure? Sci-fi? Family dramas? Which can transcend into so many different areas of your life!

I’d love to hear about your experiences with reading as a child. What were your favourite books to read as a kid? If you have kids yourself, what books do they enjoy? Have you always encouraged them to read? Who got YOU into reading?

* Thank you to Rossall School for sponsoring this post. I think children’s education is so incredibly important, not just books and reading but all subjects and interests. I don’t have children myself but I know if/when I do I will take a keen interest in their education and learning. 

Advertisements

Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

81 Comments

  1. I am really really agree with you dear.
    Btw, informative article.

  2. My journey into reading & why I think all children should read! — Jenny in Neverland – Ajji and Mili says:

    […] via My journey into reading & why I think all children should read! — Jenny in Neverland […]

  3. Lovely post. For me it was my grandfather that got me into reading, and some of those reading memories go back to Dr Seuss stories. Once I could read chapter books I use to climb the tree in the front yard (sometimes with a fellow reader) and read for house perched on a branch.

    Now that I am a mom we read to the boys every night. They are 8 and 5 so we haven’t got into Harry Potter yet, soon though I think. I can’t wait till they will listen to me read The Hobbit!

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Awh thanks for sharing your story!

  4. […] all know I love books and reading is my biggest hobby and biggest passion so I think when we’re feeling shite, we need to revert back to that thing we love, that thing […]

  5. Visitor*

  6. Hello Jenny 😃
    I really enjoyed reading it.
    I had also completed my harry potter series this year in April only and the euphoria was unfathomable 😆
    You and I share many common habits 😉
    The frequent library visited like Hermione
    Good to meet you
    Bye😊

  7. Reblogged on https://ageofescapades.wordpress.com/

    I started reading as a child because my mum read what I thought was a small mountain of books, she was easily reading a book in 3 days. And when my sister started reading too I decided I had to join the club. I can’t remember exactly what it was I was reading, probably too much Jacqueline Wilson, plus a lot of children’s classics which I read with my mum.

    I’m so glad that I started reading (and haven’t stopped) 🙂

  8. […] fantasy novels to drool over. And here some sci-fi ones. ⌘ Jenny in Neverland talks about her journey into reading and why reading is so important to children. Jackie B. from Death by Tsondoku talks about breaking up with […]

  9. I totally agree. I love to read and I have done from a young age.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

  10. Mummy Cat says:

    my children love to read, i agree all children should learn to love books but i was never an avid reader as a child no matter how much it was forced onto me so their love for reading is all completely their own as i just didnt want them to be forced to read and not enjoy it

    1. That’s great that they just naturally love it x

  11. I have such clear memories of taking part in a reading challenge at my local library when I was a kid. They had a Halloween one where they printed off a haunted house with loads of blank squares in and you had to have the librarian fill in when you’d read a book haha. I have always loved reading, and I find it the most therapeutic of my hobbies. If I go a long time without reading my brain always feels a bit noisier. If I have kids they’ll be getting books for presents from day one!
    Beth x

    1. Yesss! Same here. And not getting a phone until they’re 13 xxx

  12. great post! my mom used to read to me every night hence my obsession with reading! lol

  13. Kirstie Wheeler says:

    Reading is so important, I grew up loving books and it has certainly carried on to adulthood! I always try to promote reading when I am out with my cousins… sometimes I do it without them even realising, and before they know it I’ve got them to tell me about their favourite books, haha!

    I loved the Narnia books when I was a kid, so I am now trying to persuade them to read those!

    Kirstie xo

    1. Haha that’s great 🙂 x

  14. My 7 year old loves to read at school but not for fun – it’s hard to bridge the gap! x

    1. Oh no! That’s strange x

  15. I wish I read more as a child xx

  16. I agree, I think it’s so important to start from a young age – especially in the digital world we live in now! Great post as always Jenny 🙂

    Kate | http://www.katelovesx.co.uk

    1. Totally! I’d hate for my kids to always be stuck to an iPad x

  17. When my time comes to have children I will definitely encourage them to read because it allows them to be more open-minded and, like you said, it’ll improve their literacy! I don’t know what I’d do without books and reading this post has made me realise that it’s been a couple of months since I read my last book… That needs to change!

    Harry Potter was the first book I owned so it’s always been a childhood favourite as well as the Children of the Red King series.

    1. Same! I literally don’t understand how people don’t read! x

  18. This is such a lovely post Jenny and I wholeheartedly agree that every child should have the opportunity to read books. I used to love the Secret Seven and Famous Five books, as well as Goosebumps and Roald Dahl stories. It’s such a great way to learn, expand your vocabulary and enhance imagination. Loved reading this, great post! 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Oooh I think I read a few Goosebumps books too! c

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.