Monday, 11 February 2013
These are books, my darling.
These are books, my darling. You can taste it if you like, turn it around, open it up and shut it again with a loud bang. You can pat it, drop it, scratch it, open it up to enjoy the colours and the shapes. Inside these books you will find stories to fire your imagination, characters who will become your friends and words that will become your words. We will share lots of these books together, cuddling close while we do. You will ask me what words mean, I will ask you what do you think they mean. You may ask me to read the same book again and again and I will, for you, I will. We have lots to look forward to, you and I. We will buy some books, borrow some books, make some books. Just like your sisters before you. (I have some experience in these matters). In moments of boredom, tiredness, sadness I will reach for a book and we will escape in to it together. For me, it is the most wonderful thing I can introduce you to, the world of books and stories. They have been great companions and teachers to me and I'm sure they will to you too. You will have your own relationship with books, your own tastes and preferences, just share them with me will you?
For now though, you are just getting used to the taste, the feel, the shape of books. You take your time. I'm here when you're ready for a story. I have lots of suggestions of stories you might like. You're a lucky little girl, you have a Mummy, Daddy and sisters all eager to read to you and a house with lots of books. Elmer, Kipper, Wibbly Pig, Wobble Bear, are all ready to meet you too, to say hi and welcome you in to their colourful world. These are books, my darling, I hope you like them as much as I do.