Books Are Not Just For Bedtime

Everyone loves a good bedtime story, but how often do you incorporate reading and storytelling into the rest of your day? We aren’t teaching Mabel to read at the moment in the widely accepted sense because she is still only four and I think that waiting until she can pick it up quickly and with confidence will have more benefits in the long run than trying to force it before she is ready. But before teaching phonics, I am absolutely passionate about fostering a love of books and storytelling in any way that I can and letting her pick up some reading skills naturally along the way.

So for that reason, I try to make sure that we read as much as possible. My three all love a book, but it’s not always easy to get them to sit down and listen to a story when they are such active little balls of energy and there are so many distractions around the house during the day.

One thing that I have found works really well is to take a book with us when we go out and about on one of our adventures. It’s a nice excuse to sit down and have a break from all the roaming around and exploring and without any screens or brightly coloured toys to distract their attention, it’s the perfect time to give a book our full attention.

Another way that I like to sneak books into our everyday lives is by reading to the children while they are eating, which also has the added benefit of usually helping them to eat more because they are distracted by the story and not trying to think of what trouble they can get into (or is that just my kids at mealtimes?).

Another idea I’ve heard of but I haven’t tried out yet is to give them something to do with their hands while you are reading. The example I saw the Mum had the kids all peeling veg for dinner which I thought was an excellent idea for when my gang are a little bit older!

Recently Usborne Books sent us the latest addition to their ‘Peep Inside a Fairytale’ series, ‘Beauty and the Beast’ to celebrate the new movie that will be hitting the cinemas soon. Because it’s a board book it’s nice and durable and a good size to pop in my handbag.

The illustrations are beautiful and on every page it has interesting cut out details and lift the flap features, which all help to make a book completely irresistible to little people! And because it is such a familiar story and the pictures are so detailed, I only had to read it to them once, and then they were able to re-tell the story to each other, taking it in turns to be the ‘reader’. Mabel and Greta were both delighted with it and it now holds pride of place on their bedroom bookcase where I’m sure it will continue to be a favourite.

Usborne have been lovely enough to allow me to give away a copy of this beautiful book to one of you guys, so scroll down to the bottom of the page to enter to win this lovely prize.

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  1. February 7, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    We love to read in our house. I am a book worm and my girls are following in my footsteps. We take books everywhere we go, they are always a favourite in the car, at restaurants, on a picnic and just snuggling on the sofa because we love it. This looks like a beautiful book, and your girls look very happy with it. Usborne are a brand we love and trust. x
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  2. Sarah
    February 8, 2017 / 12:22 am

    I agree fostering a love I books will make reading come more naturally. I take my kids to the library frequently. We read at breakfast or with a snack. I take books to the cafe and have a stash in the car too! I find my daughter retelling ‘The tiger who came to tea’ from memory while we are driving about. We love usborne books, my middle son learnt to read with the farmyard tales series.

  3. Leanne Dempsey
    February 9, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    My children love books and love a visit to the library to choose their own books. They see me reading often and I think that helps with their love of reading.

  4. Angela
    February 9, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    ill read it to them and make it interesting and they usually see me with a head in my book anyway lol x

  5. jessica
    February 10, 2017 / 12:00 am

    Hide away technology and use different voices to interact them into the story x

  6. Harline parkin
    February 10, 2017 / 3:34 am

    My grandchildren love books they know the adventures inside I’ve told them that reading is knowledge and the more they read the cleverer they will get

  7. Tracy Nixon
    February 10, 2017 / 6:37 am

    We visit the local library together so they can choose their own and they see me reading alot too!

  8. emma walters
    February 10, 2017 / 6:54 am

    i like to get my boys involved in choosing the books so they take more interest in reading it together

    February 10, 2017 / 7:00 am

    By reading to them regularly. And by buying fun books such as pop ups, and sticker books

  10. Rachael Ashmore
    February 10, 2017 / 7:04 am

    I take them to the book fairs at school and we love to take them to book shops where they can sit down and look at all the books

  11. Jennifer
    February 10, 2017 / 8:25 am

    We read alot in our house, we don’t even own a tv, so books are a great way to encourage them to read more, for entertainment and education and it works 🙂

  12. Stevie
    February 10, 2017 / 8:28 am

    I like to let them open the package when they’re delivered.

  13. jo liddement
    February 10, 2017 / 8:35 am

    My children always receive books for birthdays and Christmas and we all love visiting bookshops and libraries and because my husband and myself read a lot they all enjoy reading too.

  14. Lorna
    February 10, 2017 / 9:07 am

    By reading to them from a young age and giving praise and sticker when they read 🙂

  15. Ray Dodds
    February 10, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Just have them available and buy books with interesting covers

  16. Jules Eley
    February 10, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    I read the books in funny voices to get them interested

  17. Solange
    February 10, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    I’ve never had to encourage my kids to pick up a book. They’ve loved books and going to the library since they were very little.

  18. Helen Moulden
    February 10, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    We read the books together and do voices for the characters. The kids love it. They look forward to reading at bedtime!

  19. Laura Pritchard
    February 10, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Luckily I don’t need to, they both love reading – I just make sure there’s a ready supply of books in themes they enjoy!

  20. Katie
    February 11, 2017 / 8:50 am

    I always buy my niece lots of lovely books that both encourage literacy and are fun to read. We read with her at bedtime x

  21. Ruth Harwood
    February 11, 2017 / 10:06 am

    We have books everywhere in our house and I lead by example, hence they see me reading and want to learn how and do it themselves xx

  22. Sally Collingwood
    February 11, 2017 / 11:24 am

    We sit and read together, they love it.

  23. claire woods
    February 11, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Find something they like and read it with them.

  24. sb
    February 11, 2017 / 3:35 pm

    daisy does not need encouraging

  25. Kim Beale
    February 12, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    I don’t need to encourage them, they love books and my eldest usually smuggles loads into his bed at night, we try to read 2 to 3 books a night before bed x

  26. tee simpson
    February 12, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    i let them go to the library so they can choose their own books. i find it helps if they are intersted in the book

  27. Hannah Lord
    February 13, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I find their most recent interest and then find a book about it, if theyre not interested they won’t want to read it

  28. Harriet
    February 14, 2017 / 3:53 am

    By reading together.

  29. Sadiyya Maryam
    February 15, 2017 / 8:52 am

    We are very fortunate our daughter doesn’t need encouragement for reading. She has always loved books and I think by giving her books at a young age and reading to her has created a real love for books.

  30. Tracey Mitchell
    February 15, 2017 / 9:07 am

    We all adore books in our house hold so it’s second nature to us and I always take a book or 2 out with us so we can look /read while waiting for food, bus ect and we go to the library regular.

  31. Debi newman
    February 15, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Go to the library and have lots of books lying around x

  32. Sheri Darby
    February 16, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I read to them every night and we visit the library every week

  33. claire griffiths
    February 17, 2017 / 9:26 am

    we read a book every night and visit the library regularly

  34. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    February 17, 2017 / 3:13 pm

    Find fun ones with colourful and funny pictures in.

  35. Claire Tovey
    February 18, 2017 / 6:57 am

    My son has always had a bedtime story since he was born so he loves books

  36. Louise Crocker
    February 18, 2017 / 9:05 am

    My children love to sit down and read a good book. It sparks their imagination and gets them thinking and talking

  37. janine atkin
    February 18, 2017 / 9:30 am

    read with funny voices and let them choose the books

  38. Sirley Young
    February 18, 2017 / 10:07 am

    By setting a good example, reading to them and to myself.

  39. Susan B
    February 18, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    They don’t need to be encouraged as we started reading to them and with them from soon after birth.

  40. Lin martin
    February 18, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Being a book rich house, have books everywhere, read in front f them, read aloud lots!

  41. Allan Fullarton
    February 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I like to let them open my mail.

  42. Stevie Fairbairn
    February 18, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    My young niece loves her books and needs no encouragement. Long may it last.

  43. Lucy Chester
    February 18, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    By reading to them from birth and cuddling up to each other and enjoy story time everyday and important for your children to see you enjoy reading as well

  44. Tasha
    February 18, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I always read to my daughter since she was born so she’s grown up enjoying books

  45. zoe somerfield
    February 19, 2017 / 7:37 am

    We go to the library and also charity shops where they can pick their own books

  46. Rachel
    February 19, 2017 / 8:15 am

    We just leave books in different rooms around the house so there is always something to pick up. Also children learn by example so we make sure they see us reading too.

  47. Karen Scott
    February 19, 2017 / 8:46 am

    My kids, like myself, LOVE reading……I always made sure that going to the library was a regular thing and that we sat together reading the books getting involved myself.
    I also read bedtime stories, even though my oldest is prob too old but they both love the time spent together before bedtime 🙂

  48. Louise Ryves
    February 19, 2017 / 9:41 am

    We have books all over the house and have regular story times.

  49. Derek Wilson
    February 19, 2017 / 10:06 am

    Get the other kids involved – the more the merrier!

  50. Sarah Austin
    February 19, 2017 / 10:09 am

    My god daughter loves reading books – it is a great way for us to spend some quality time together.

  51. terry
    February 19, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Fantastic prize thank you for the opportunity

  52. Hannah Scudder
    February 19, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    I have been reading to my son since he was a baby, every night he has a bedtime story. Its just part of his routine. We also visit the library to read and take out new book every week.

  53. Karen hutchinson
    February 19, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    Buy lots of different books , especially ones with flaps and gimmicks . Make time to read with them and take part in library incentives

  54. Hayley Robson
    February 19, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    a variety of fab books helps!

  55. Dawn Samples
    February 19, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    We always read before bed when there are no devices about to distract them x

  56. Kirsteen Mackay
    February 19, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    I always keep a variety of books in each room in the house and regularly swap them around. I actively pick them up and start reading to my children and encourage them to pick them up and look at them or read them too.

  57. Lynsey Buchanan
    February 19, 2017 / 11:23 pm

    I take my daughter to the library and let her choose 3 of her own books a month and I also choose 3 books .
    At bedtime I get her to read some of my chosen book out aloud and in return I will read her some of her chosen book to her.

  58. Leanne bell
    February 19, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    My girls have a big bookcase to choose from. Our collection started when we asked everyone to bring their favourite book as a gift at our eldest daughters Christening x

  59. Adrian Bold
    February 19, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    By reading to them and making it fun from a young age, and giving praise and rewards when they do.

  60. Natalie Crossan
    February 20, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Great prize, would love to win xx

  61. Natalie Gillham
    February 20, 2017 / 12:10 am

    I read with them often, do different voices for the characters and encourage them to take turns reading or joining in with me.

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