13 Nov 2012
When visiting book stores I always head to the numerous cookbooks with their sumptuous pictures and delectable fare. I then wonder past the art section, thumbing through anything from printmaking to fashion design. House and garden is next with much sighing over quirky and delicious interiors and pangs of envy at colossal gardens. My literary circling always leads me to my resting place for a while...the children's books.
Here I read story upon story not only to my babes but also for myself. I dive into colour so vivid and luscious that the reality around me fades away in a greyish haze. Rollicking, rhyming words carry me away on waves of adventure. A smile never leaves my face.
When I was teaching I returned to the book shelf time and time again. To fuel interest in a new topic, to quell nerves on early days, to settle little people full of the flibbety-jibbets....but mostly, just because. Children's literature contains magic properties to not only soothe but to ignite imagination. It is a world I have long revelled in.
I am so delighted that my babes have taken on this love of reading and have in their tender years already developed some firm favourites. We love anything and everything by Eric Carle; his painted illustrations were the inspiration for Bijou's flurry of painting, snipping and gluing, Pamela Allen with all her rolling text and colourful pictures, Bob Graham; particularly Dimity Dumpty - The Story of Humpty's Little Sister and How to Heal a Broken Wing....they are all kinds of lovely, Anna Walker and Jane Godwin's graceful watercolours and soulful prose, and Mem Fox is always, always on our shelf.
What are you reading to your babes at the moment? Do you have any special favourites? Do tell.