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Daily Reading from the Daley HouseholdDaily Reading from the Daley Household

 It’s About You

Did you know that the single most important person in your child’s reading development is YOU?

 A LOVE of reading, that most important factor in becoming a lifelong reader, begins at home with powerful children’s books and a house full of words.

A House Full of Words

 A love of reading begins in children’s beds across the world with that last book before they go to sleep; it begins in kitchens where the television is off and books are read over porridge; it begins in the cubbyhouse where shabby copies of much loved children’s books, novels and magazines are poured over on quiet Sunday afternoons (do they still exist?); and it begins with loved adults taking the time out to be present, truly present, and read with a child. There is nothing I love better than the sound of my own mother reading to my children. She uses exactly the same voice and she pulls them in close in exactly the same way as she did with me in my youth.

Creating Lifelong Memories

I remember lying in bed looking at my beautiful old wardrobe and wishing desperately that I too could disappear to meet my favourite characters from ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. I remember making very cool bookmarks to stick in all the pages of recipes I was going to make from ‘The Womans Weekly Beautiful Biscuits’ – when I left home I stole mum’s copy of this, only returning it years later when I found my own copy whilst working at the Lifeline Bookfair.

My own worn-out and scribbled in copy of ‘Little Cloud’ would have to be one of my most treasured possessions…my own children think it is grotty (I ignore that and bore them with it regularly) but I know they will one day feel the same way about their favourites, ‘Puffling’, ‘Annie’s Chair’ and ‘Tom Tom’. My favourite books from my childhood are well loved. I treasure the inscriptions from friends and families, the dog-eared pages, the smell, and the way the words transport me straight back to my childhood.

And so is the power of reading to transform lives, engage young, eager minds and begin a lifelong love affair with reading…because lifelong readers are empowered.

What You Will Find Here

This a place where those who treasure children’s books and reading with children, can be a part of a community. This is a space where you’ll find information and tips on:

  • Fitting daily reading with your children into your life in a way that makes it enjoyable for all
  •  Guidance on defining, choosing, and finding quality children’s books
  •  Reviews of children’s books old and new
  •  Suggestions for children’s books as gifts
  •  Reading activities to do in the home, school or library situation
  •  Tips on dealing effectively with the challenges that sometimes arise when children are learning to read

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as you enjoy remembering your own much loved childhood books and time spent reading…and that you are looking forward to making reading memories for your own children.

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  1. Tara

    while reading your intro i couldnt help but think back to my childhood, how i would spend days in summer up a tree with a supply of books, most penned by Enid Blyton. My first book (novel) wsa Enid Blytons The Adventures of the Wishing Chair and from there books have been a very important part of my life. now as a young mum i have started to read to my 1 year old, and hope to pass on the books i read when i was younger. And yes, they are books, not electronic e reader type ones but good old fashion paper (albeit sometime curled at edges with coffee stains on the covers). i loved my book collection as a child and i hope all children around the world get a chance to read and let their imaginations run wild.

    I look forward to reading your reviews.

  2. Rachel


    Your post regarding ‘Screen Time vs Page Time’ really caught my eye. I am yet to delve into the world of the Kindle but will probably have to look into this in the near future.

    Great tips. Thanks.

  3. Angie

    I know I’m pregnant and pretty emotional at the mo, but reading this blog and imagining reading to our little one on the way, being transported back to my childhood through books, did bring a tear my eye. Can’t wait! I’m looking forward to reading your reviews and sharing those books with our baby, creating reading memories for him/her…

  4. Kirsten

    Hey Megan,

    My parents never read to me as a child.
    My introduction to books was the orderly world of the school library while hiding from the chaos outside.
    My love of an even further escape, into stories, was given to me by devoted teachers (cheers to Mrs Francis and the ‘Muddled Headed Wombat’ as well as Mrs Bailey and ‘The BFG’).
    I couldn’t wait to read to my children and started collecting special books to share before the first was born.
    Now I am blessed with a 5 yr old boy who “won’t go to sleep without a book” and a 3 yr old boy who relishes the responsibility to choose good books when we visit the library every 3 weeks.
    With our new baby girl I have started a new collection for more female aligned books.
    We own more books than toys and we still read the baby books as a way to recall all those little milestones we read about…a new sibling, a lost pet, getting over fears etc.
    Each child and age is a challenge but there are so many books that will rise to it and capture the imagination of that ‘mini detective’ or ‘stomping dinosaur’ that lives in your house.
    When it’s been a bad day a cuddle and a story at the end of it will always put things right again to ready to start the next one afresh.
    You have been a part of my journey to REALLY read to my kids,
    Thanks Megan xx

  5. Jay Lathwood

    Hi Megan,

    it was great talking to you today about the wonderland of children’s books and the importance of reading to children. I have always loved this poem by Strickland Gillilan, particularly the last 4 lines – you most probably have already read it but it really illustrates how I feel about my upbringing!

    I had a mother who read to me
    Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea.
    Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth;
    “Blackbirds” stowed in the hold beneath.
    I had a Mother who read me lays
    Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
    Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
    Which every boy has a right to know.
    I had a Mother who read me tales
    Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
    True to his trust till his tragic death,
    Faithfulness lent with his final breath.
    I had a Mother who read me the things
    That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-
    Stories that stir with an upward touch.
    Oh, that each mother of boys were such!
    You may have tangible wealth untold;
    Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
    Richer than I you can never be –
    I had a Mother who read to me.

    Jay x

  6. Jo

    You’ve put this so well Megan about the memories we have of reading as children, and the role adults played in that. When my mum walked me to school as a little girl she’d recite the poems of A A Milne – I still remember skipping over the lines and walking in the squares so I wouldn’t meet the bears at the corners!! What fun it was! I have great memories not only of my parents reading to me but my primary school teachers – lying on the floor in the classroom and imagining what it was like really living in the Faraway Tree… Sometimes my grade 5 teacher would get so enthralled in the book himself he’d read right through to morning tea break and be startled when the bell rang – of course we never told him he’d gone over time because we loved it so much!!

  7. Dan Donahue

    When my children were younger my wife and i would take the time to read many of the classic tales, as well as, some obscure ones we would find like “Grandfather Tales. William Bennett also came out with two notable books which were a collection of short stories, poems, letters etc… that were very inspiring and thought provoking called…The Moral Compass and The Book of Virtues. These along with the likes of Dicken’s, A.A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schultz etc… Who could forget reading and laughing along to the likes Calvin and Hobbes.

    Now we enjoy knowing we passed this vital learning and bonding experience onto our kids who love to read to our grandchildren. They actually inspired me to write and finally publish my first Christmas story called ….
    A Glimpse from Christmas Past. So in doing so I hope to inspire them yet again to follow and pursue their dreams not matter what. Isn’t that what life’s about anyway.

  8. Renee

    I love this post. I was a big reader as a child, and now, and I am always reading to my girls even at the breakfast table over porridge :)

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