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If you follow the blog, then you will know that we loved to read. I’m a real bookworm – always have been – and I am incredibly proud that both my children have inherited my love of books. Reading together is so important. Not only to help with your child’s development but I love the time spent together over a good book.

We read no matter the time of day, as getting lost in a good story together is always time well spent in our house. Though I have to say my favourite time is bedtime when we chat through our day and settle down with one of our (many) favourite stories. So, when I heard about the BookTrust Time to Read campaign, I knew that it was something that I could get behind.

WHAT IS TIME TO READ?

BookTrust is on a mission to get families reading with their children, even once they’ve reached primary school or can read on their own. They believe that time sharing stories is time well spent and I could not agree more!

Reading has always been important to me. Somewhere to escape to, somewhere to explore and somewhere to find comfort. Even now, just picking up a book and starting to read is incredibly soothing. That’s something that I want to give to my children as I think a love of books gives so much. It opens a word of imagination, provides time together and also opens up a window to discuss some serious topics with children.

USING BOOKS AS A TOOL

It could be that your child is gaining a new sibling. It could be that a close member of the family has died. Or it could be as simple as you need to start potty training and don’t know where to start. Whatever the conversation you need to have with your child, there is no doubt that books can help.

For us – most recently – it’s helped us tackle anxiety. It’s no secret that I worry about the Bear. She is quiet and prone to over thinking things. Little worries can build up in her, often manifesting as tears at bedtime. A simple explanation of the church and graveyard that sits opposite her school resulted in weeks of worry. This ultimately resulted in the sharing of tearful fears over not wanting to die. You get the idea! Just having her open up about her worries is the first step in dealing with them.

New BookTrust research has found that only half of 8 – 11 year olds (51%) speak with their parents when they are feeling stressed, sad or worried. That same research found that 44% tried to forget about the problem or don’t say anything, instead they attempted to deal with it on their own. This statistic terrifies me. As in TERRIFIES me, and is one of the many reasons I am already trying to keep the conversation going with both my children despite only being young. The best habits are the ones that start early and books help me do this.

GETTING CREATIVE

Another way of keeping that conversation open is to use crafts to keep the conversation going. We love getting inspired by the books that we read and Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks was no different. Darcie was a little concerned that her classroom didn’t have a hamster so we decided to make our own using simple felt shapes.

One that had his very own worry cheeks that we would write down our worries and give to him.

Luckily for us, at the moment it seems that my worries are unfounded as she’s settled into her reception year at school with ease and she assures me that her worry cloud is yellow because she is happy like sunshine. However, it’s reassuring for me to now and then, dust off Pouch and have a little chat about the worries that we both have.

You find out more about the Time to Read campaign on the BookTrust website.If you enjoyed this post, they why not check out our other book reviews over on the blog.

DISCLOSURE: we have received a goody bag as a thank you for getting involved in this campaign. However, how we chose to get involved was our own decision and – as always – all thoughts and opinions remain our own.

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51 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon says:

    A lovely set of books!

  2. Amy SIMPSON says:

    Would love these great books x

  3. These would be great for my nephew

  4. Solange says:

    Looks like a lovely set of books.

  5. Kim Neville says:

    Wonderful books to read

  6. Martina Pichova says:

    Looks like some very interesting reads in the goodybag…

  7. ANNA MOLONEY says:

    Great giveaway!

  8. Iain MacIver says:

    fabtastic giveaway

  9. Alison Johnson says:

    Lovely books which my Granddaughter would really enjoy.

  10. Sally Collingwood says:

    Wow, this prize bundle is fabulous, my little granddaughter would love it!

  11. Marylyn Hammersley says:

    I have two year old grandsons, and I know they would love these beautiful colourful books, so important them to love books.

  12. Susan Smith says:

    A wonderful set of books, will bring hours of enjoyment reading

  13. Susan B says:

    The children all love books. Although they have favourites, they also love to read new ones.

  14. Jenny McClinton says:

    My daughter would love these books xx

  15. Jodie W says:

    We love books in our house, always enjoy reading something new as well as our favourites

  16. Rich Tyler says:

    Count Me IN!

  17. Ruth Harwood says:

    wow, the kids would be over the moon – we’re a book-loving family! xx

  18. Michelle Smith says:

    Great book bundle

  19. Diane Radford says:

    This is a wonderful set.

  20. Jules Swindells says:

    oooh exciting

  21. jo liddement says:

    A lovely selection of books to help with phonics and grammar. These would be perfect for my granddaughter who is three.

  22. CLAIRE WOODS says:

    We love reading books.

  23. Karen Barrett says:

    Perfect for my grandchildren, many thanks

  24. Margaret Gallagher says:

    These are beauties

  25. Michaela Turner says:

    We love reading in our house, this would be great for encouraging my littlest to join in

  26. kathleen warwick says:

    what a really lovely prize

  27. Julia Kerr says:

    This looks like a fab prize, books are so important for all ages

  28. Fingers crossed, these look great!

  29. janine atkin says:

    id love this for my neice

  30. Elaine Saberi says:

    My granddaughters would love these books

  31. Lynn Neal says:

    Great books for my five grandchildren to share!

  32. Emma England says:

    Same here! My 2 sons have inherited my love of reading too.

  33. Christine Caple says:

    My granddaughter would be very happy to have some new books.

  34. Amy Bondoc says:

    These would be great for my nieces and nephews

  35. Sheri Darby says:

    These books look such fun

  36. Nikki Easton says:

    Books are so important, I’m glad they are still so well enjoyed for the modern child. Mine always have a book in hand.

  37. astrid c says:

    looks lovely xx

  38. paula cheadle says:

    These books would be fantastic for my grandkids

  39. My niece would love this x

  40. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway

  41. Edward Guerreiro says:

    I think my niece would like ‘There’s a tiger in the garden’ the most.

  42. Sian Buckingham says:

    My little ones love their bedtime stories, it’s a time we both cherish together!

  43. sarah morris says:

    My grandson will love this

  44. Lovely bundle my little grandson would love these

  45. Jeanette Leighton says:

    Would love to win for my children Sheriah 7 and Charlie 3

  46. Theresa THomas says:

    Looks like a lovely set of books, I would give these to my Godson if I won. Children can never have too many books

  47. Rena Plumridge says:

    Fab giveaway

  48. Kate Davies says:

    Fantastic prize, thanks for the chance.

  49. Jennifer Toal says:

    I love new books

  50. Fiona jk42 says:

    these books would be perfect oread with my granddaughter

  51. Lia Burns says:

    I am so pleased my children share my love for reading! My little bookworms love to get new books

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