Both myself and Allan are so passionate reading books to our girls and finding new ways to capture their imaginations and engage them through reading books, songs and rhymes.

Words from a book come to life every day without us realising it. Like being out for a walk and one of the girls sees a cat and says “Look, it’s Mog the forgetful cat!” Or walking over a bridge I find my self saying “Who’s that trip trapping over my bridge?!” Or when Georgia got so excited finding a pine cone she was adamant the cat from room on a broom left it for her and had to take it home. And when she casts a spell (which Is almost all the time!) she says “Iggity, ziggity, zaggity, zoom!!”

One author who has certainly captured the imagination of both my children is Julia Donaldson famous for The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and the latest popular book in our household is Stickman (“I’m Stick Man, I’m Stick Man, I’M STICK MAN, that’s me!”) These books have rhythm and rhyme which makes it so easy for little ones to take in and repeat as for the illustrations they really do capture the children’s attention.

It’s thanks to authors like Julia I can enjoy this special time with my kids as they really do light up when we read together.