Monday, January 23, 2012
Why I Love Children's Literature - Guest Post
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Why I Love Children's Literature
by Sue Stirling
For as long as I can remember, I have loved children's books and being with children! This quote by Roald Dahl embodies how I feel:
So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install,
A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
I would have to say that I believe almost everything can be cured by a warm lap and a good book! I can remember sitting on a cold winter evening on my mother’s lap, beside a warm crackling open fire, being absorbed in tales of Narnia by C.S.Lewis and the adventures of four children who were able to travel to other lands through wardrobes and train stations. I remember laughing until my stomach ached as my mother read Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren. I loved the fact that Pippi lived in a house on her own with her own horse, and really did anything she liked. She even had to tell herself when it was time to go to bed!
Over the years, there have been many days where I sat with my boys as we read about knights in amour, held our breath as the story reached its climax and sighed with relief as the hero once again was victorious. I remember days where we would read books that made us laugh until we cried. As the years unfolded I have had the opportunity to read to hundreds of children. Sometimes I pause and look at their faces, their bodies so still, their faces filled with wonder. I think to myself, where are they? What can they see? What are they imagining? All the troubles of their day are swept aside as they enter a world of wonder - the world of children's literature.
Catch up with Sue on her new blog, Teachers Quiver Full, where you'll find out more about her passion for children's literature, and learn great tips for literacy, learning and literature activities.