For the Love of Books!

Dear Authors.  Thank you for writing amazing books. 

Just a few favourites...

Books are brilliant.  You pick one up and you enter another world, another life.  You can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone and all it takes are words. How brilliant is that?!

Reading reminds me of the joy of language, how just the right blend can carry you away until you read the last word and return to reality with a bump.  And when you come back, you may find your outlook on life has changed.

My parents and grandparents read to me before I could do it for myself.  Avocado Baby, Angry Arthur and Lily Takes a Walk were my favourites! Now I work in the Early Years Foundation Stage (what a mouthful!), I love to sit with children and read books like The Gruffalo, Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary to them.  They're never too young to learn to love words, books, stories.

When I can't write, I read.  It doesn't take long for me to remember my passion for words and get back to my own stories.

One day my book will be here too!

I can't imagine my life without books. Can you?

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  1. There is nothing like that feeling of being *absolutely* engrossed in a book. It's the best!

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  2. I love reading books to my class! It's early years as well so I always do a story with my family group if the class teacher hasn't asked me to do a particular task with them. Christmas is my favourite time because I get to show them The Snowman and bring the dvd in. That was my favourite book when I was a child as well as The Gingerbread Man and I love being able to share these childhood stories with them.

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    1. My school children LOVE The Gingerbread Man! Did you hear on the news this morning that parents don't want to read fairytales because they're "too scary" for children?! UGH! MADNESS!!!!

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  3. "I can't imagine my life without books. Can you?" No. In fact, when I visit people's houses and they have, perhaps one bookshelf that has a lot of ornaments and maybe a couple of books, I think, "How do you people LIVE?" I just can't comprehend people that don't have a lot of books, and who read, maybe one or two a year. If that.

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    1. My parents aren't big readers, and neither is my middle brother. I like to think my eldest brother and I make up for everyone else in our family ;)

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    2. Sometimes people read quite a bit but don't *buy* very many books, though! I usually get books from the library or borrow from friends or buy and then immediately pass a book along somehow once I've finished it (unless I freaking *loved* it and think that I will read it again sometime). So I think the lack of books in a house may not be a proper indicator of how much someone reads! :) Especially now with electronic books! But yeah, it's so interesting how some people love to read and some people don't! Our brains are all wired differently, I guess! :D

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  4. I love this post! Ah, books. You're right, they can absolutely be the love of one's life. Every single one holds so much possibility, so much promise! And I'm jealous that you get to spend your days spreading the love of books and stories to kids! They're lucky to have you :)

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    1. Thanks ^_^

      Working with children is a wonderful job to have. It's not always easy, but I love it.

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  5. I would certainly have a lot of blank walls in my house, where all the bookshelves are now! I love the portability of many books on my Kindle when I'm out and about, but need those books around me at home.

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    1. My books are all over the place because I have too many to fit in my bookshelf ^^;

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  6. Seriously, what would we do without books. They are indeed the wind beneath my wings (despite that song making me gag a little) :-)

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    1. Hah, that is a cheesy song, but I know what you mean!

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  7. That's it. You've just inspired me to blog about how magical I thought books were as a child. I used to think all authors lived in ivy-covered cottages in small New England communities like Angela Lansbury, where everyone respected them and thought they were wise (and they could solve crimes too).

    I remember the stacks of books I got as a kid from our local library. The last book that carried me away and returned me to reality with a bump was Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett this past weekend. Go, books!

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    1. Hooraaaaaay! :D

      I used to live in my library when I was younger and my pocket money couldn't afford more than two books a month.

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  8. Good one! Books are my favorite. I didn't get as much exposure to books when I was very little, but somehow I've developed a love for literature anyway. Thank God, as I'm not sure how I'd fill my time without them, lol.

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    1. Cheers :)

      Books have their own way of calling out to us!

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  9. I was so fortunate to have parents who read to me, as well. It makes all the difference in the world. :)

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    1. Absolutely. I'm very grateful they took the time to read to me. If I ever have my own children, I'll always make time for books.

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  10. "I love to sit with children and read books like The Gruffalo, Slinky Malinki and Hairy Maclary to them. They're never too young to learn to love words, books, stories."

    amen! (and while i love the gruffalo, i've never even heard of the other two you mentioned--i'll have to check them out!)

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    1. Lynley Dodd wrote Hairy Maclary and Slinky Malinki. She makes use of the most wonderful words ^_^

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  11. Yes! I'm reading this post about four days late, but I LOVE the sentiment of it. So,so true!

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  12. My life without book would be ... someone else's books. My parents both love to read. Some of my favorite memories are sitting at the dinner table talking about books with my parents and siblings. So yes, without books, I wouldn't be Kris!

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    1. Books are life-changing for sure :D

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