‘I need that 30 minutes of reading,
it’s the only time my child snuggles with me...'
This social aspect of reading is one that we would have almost completely forgotten if it were not for our children who take the opportunity to remind us of it every night at bed time. I know for a fact that reading Captain Underpants brought my friend Christa an enormous amount of joy and genuine shared laughter with her daughter. Once, while reading Frederick with my children I was brought to tears by the poetry ... so much so that I struggled to complete the tale. My Little Reader was curious to know why mama was crying. What an interesting revelation it was to her that the words themselves had moved me to tears. There is no better way to communicate to our children the power of books than to have an emotionally moving reading experience with them.