WITH KATHRINE MARIC
OF LITTLE KIN JOURNAL
When I was a child, I fell in love with books. A little stack of paper sheets in which a secret world would unfold. The feeling of holding an unopened book in my hands, not knowing what I would find inside it or on which adventures it would take me. I spent hours wandering the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie and his friends, ran across grassy fields with Anne of Green Gables, cried my first tears of lost innocence, when I read Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart and realized what horrifying place the world can be when I spent a weekend in my bed with Anne Frank and her diary. To me, reading a book was like living a whole life within just a few hundred pages and reading quickly became an obsession to me. Books opened my eyes and taught me things about the world that I would otherwise never have known.
When I learned I was pregnant with my first daughter, it wasn’t a pretty dress or a cute teddy bear I first ran out to buy. It was a book. A baby version of Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You. Before becoming a parent for the first time, I had no idea about what kind of mother I wanted to be, but I knew, I wanted my daughter to adopt my love for reading and for her to be able to feel the magic a book withholds. Reading aloud to my daughters has since been an integrated part of our family life, something I wouldn’t miss for the world. When my 20-month-old asks me to read the same book about Elmo for the 25th time that day, I try to remind myself, that this is part of her reading journey and when my oldest daughters on 6 and 9 wants to spend Sunday in bed reading a book, I let them, and secretly sneak in to watch them disappear into the world of wonders.
If you want to start your own child’s reading journey, here’s a list of our Top Ten Books for Children to Read:
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
A hilarious book full of very unique and funny poems.
by Julia Donaldson
A tale of a brave little mouse who comes face to face with a real life Gruffalo.
“Guess how much I love you”
by Sam McBratney
A STORY OF A LITTLE RABBIT WHO IS TRYING TO TELL HIS FATHER JUST HOW MUCH HE LOVES HIM.
“Where The Wild Things Are”
By Maurice Sendak
A picture book about a boy who sails across the sea and comes to an island where he finds all sorts of wild creatures.
“Brown Bear Brown Bear”
By Bill Martin and Eric Carle
A BOOK THAT EXPLORES DIFFERENT ANIMALS AND COLOURS.
“The Wonderful Things You’ll Be”
by Emily Winfield Martin
A WONDERFUL BOOK WITH A GREAT MESSAGE – THAT YOU CAN BE WHATEVER YOU DREAM TO BE.
“Anne of Green Gables”
by Lucy Maud
A story about an adopted girl called Anne who goes with her stepdad to live in a new town, Green Gables.
By Elsa Beskowe
A TALE OF A BOY WITH A WILD IMAGINATION WHO LIKES TO SPEND TIME IN HIS GARDEN.
By Margaret Wise Brown
A great children’s book about a little bunny saying goodnight to all its surroundings.
“Rosie Revere Engineer”
By Andrea Beaty
A story about a girl different from all other children, who loves to design and dreams about becoming an engineer.
Get ready to get lost in these beautiful stories, and remember, books really are the doorway to endless magical worlds.
With thanks to Kathrine Houe Maric X