Reading books for Children

Gillingham Children's Reading Event
Book Display

Bank Holiday Monday 27th May I had been invited to a Children’s reading event in Gillingham, Kent.

With bags packed and books ready Geoff and I headed off.

"Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world." – Jeanette Winterson

A donation to the raffle meant that I was happy to buy a few books from fellow authors.

With a sleepover and playday arranged for Tuesday, it would be perfect to choose a few books to share.

I ended up buying three books and each was signed for ‘Alexander and Isabelle’.

The wolf reading‘Wander in the Wild Wood’, by Georgina Golding, came with a plush toy wolf and a bookmark. As Alexander had a fixation on Wolves, I thought this would be the perfect book to share.

‘The Silly Sneeze’ by Roberto Di Falco, well this could probably be more Grandad’s very silly and loud nose blowing?!

‘Grandma Georgia’s Amazing Handbag’ by K.D. Greaves. Perhaps Alexander and I could compose a Nanny’s play-bag? We certainly seem to get a lot into our play sessions.

We also already have the books 'Paramedic Chris' by Tim Parsons

(Read Alexander's thoughts on our sleepover blog post Here)

“Meeting an author, illustrator, poet or storyteller in real life and hearing them convey their passion for their work can fundamentally alter a child or young person's relationship to books and ignite a life-long love of reading.” reading to children

There was a chance for each of the authors to share their stories with the little visitors and their parents. It was great to see the children sitting comfortably on the beanbags and enjoying the chance to listen and find out more. I was able to introduce the Playbus background as well as my story talking and reading to children books, I then read the poems to go with three of my books: ‘David’s Bin Day’; David’s Bathtime Adventure’; and ‘A Spooky Tale’.

It's always good to share your books with young listeners and to know they are curious to find out more about your writing journey; in my case it's a bus journey. I recieved a round of applause at the end. 'Thank you'.

There were a few activities for children to try out and take part in; including face painting; Lego; a First Aid resuscitation dummy and information from Zulu safety.

crochet cardigan x 2My eye was drawn to a mum busy crocheting a cardigan while listening to the author's reading. Her son was proudly wearing a colourful cardigan his mum had made for him. By the end of the afternoon, mummy had finished the cardigan and her daughter proudly came to show me the finished result.

crochet cardigan completeIt was a friendly and relaxed event and a chance to chat with fellow authors about their experiences.

crochet cardigan in the makingI’m off to have a go at crocheting a Hexagon Cardigan for my grandchildren now!

Where to get my books

Books are available from the following:   My Books     Waterstones    

Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!


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