The joy of being a bookworm

The other day my mum emailed the Abe list of books to read to your six year old. My DS is five years old and I adore snuggling up with him and reading. We've been reading to him since he literally was a few days old.

For us, as a family hailing from generations of bibliophiles, reading with our newborn son was as natural as watching him breathe and smelling his gorgeous baby smell.

I've always been a bookworm and one of the amazing gifts of being a mother is the chance to re-discover the joy of reading anew, through the eyes of your child. Imagine discovering the pleasures of books for the first time!

We've done the whole journey now through cotton pram books, board books, small picture books, larger picture books, right on to 'chapter books' where we are now. I've adored the picture book stage. The chance to re-read my own childhood favourites like

The tiger who came to tea


Are you my mother


The blackberry farm books







And the chance to discover some new classics like Harry and his infamous bucket of dinosaurs










No matter what


Room on the broom



Now I'm entering the magical world of books with chapters, old puffins with beautifully dusty smelling pages that I read in childhood and am now collecting again, and which we're reading at night.

the moomintrolls



My naughty little sister



The faraway tree



Plus the fantastic hobbit



And I'm discovering new titles that my son adores…

Horrid Henry







It's like a box of chocolates that never ends. I know that soon down the line come the breathtaking treasures of The lion, the witch and the wardrobe


Swallows and amazons



Secret seven







What books do you recommend for a five-six year old? What were your childhood favourites at that age?


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