The Gift of Reading for Children

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Yesterday, I came across this stack of treasured childhood books and the nostalgia was overwhelming! These books meant so much to me as a child that I still feel a huge attachment and connection to them now, so many years on. I still have such fondness for these authors including, but certainly not limited to, Jacqueline Wilson, Anne Fine, Philip Pullman, Marita Conlon-McKenna that meant so much to me then. Books, particularly fiction, were an influential aspect of my early years and many friends of mine have said the very same thing.

It got me thinking about the cliché of being given the gift of reading. Recently, a teacher friend of mine recounted a story where she asked her whole class of thirty 5 and 6 year olds who was read to by their parents. At most, 20% of the class raised their hands. Although this is only anecdotal evidence…

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High School Science and Mathematics Teacher, Author and Blogger. Graduated from Bangor University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Molecular Biology and a PGCE in Secondary Science Education. Richard also holds the coveted Certificate in Mathematics from the Open University (UK).

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