Wednesday, 7 November 2018

A Bookish Half Term

Last week was Girl Child's half term (apparently different to most of the country, but hey, Leeds likes to be odd) so it was a good chance to have some family time together. The first eight weeks of term had felt like a long slog so it was nice to have a break and to watch the kids strengthen their bond, their relationship is ever-evolving and I love seeing them enjoy the same things.

It turned out to be a rather bookish week - well, I suppose with me it's always likely to! Even a trip to a nearby town to buy new school shoes wasn't untouched by books as we took the opportunity to visit the town's book shop while we were there. The Grove is a lovely independent bookshop with a great little children's section. Girl Child chose to buy 'Utterly Me, Clarice Bean' by Lauren Child while we dissuaded Toddler from buying all manner of very exciting books that weren't quite in our budget for the day by getting a little Thomas the Tank Engine book. True to form, Girl Child started reading almost immediately. Below is a photo that Toddler took of her when we stopped for lunch.


As you can see she was already halfway through the book before we even got our food! I do love my bookworm!

So that was Monday. On Tuesday we went to RHS Harlow Carr near Harrogate for a Room On The Broom Adventure Trail. We read the book again to Toddler the day before to remind him of it and his excitement when he saw the sign by the car park was so lovely to see! Both children really enjoyed going around the trail and spotting the different characters. I wasn't sure Girl Child would be interested but the little questions or activities that accompanied each character kept her engaged, while Toddler was just thrilled that the book he'd read the day before had come to life around him! He even wanted to read it on the way home.








Sorry for the poor posing skills of my kids by the way. I'll never be one of those Instagram mums ...

Wednesday and Thursday were quieter days but on Friday I decided to venture into Leeds city centre to go to the Nick Sharratt exhibition at the Central Library there. Toddler loves Nick Sharratt's books, we regularly borrow them from the library and he loved 'Toddle Waddle' so much I had to get him his own copy. And Girl Child enjoys the Daisy series and loves to doodle so I thought this would be a winner with both of them. Unfortunately by the time we got into Leeds it didn't leave us a lot of time to look around the exhibition but I was really impressed. There was a little reading corner with copies of lots of Sharratt's work, stands with information about his life and work, a doodling wall, light boxes for tracing his drawings and an interactive 'make you own Shaarratt character' game. Toddler stayed around the reading corner mostly while Girl Child really enjoyed the light boxes, doodling wall and the stand that played a silly song about pants!!








We all enjoyed our bookish half term. While reading itself is such a fun thing to do it was interesting to see how the children responded to seeing books come alive in different ways. I'm definitely going to look out for more bookish events in future!


Linking up with #ReadWithMe hosted by Mama Mummy Mum and Kids Love To Read hosted by Laura's Lovely Blog and The Inspiration Edit.

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10 comments:

  1. What a lovely week you had!! It's so nice being able to support independent book shops isn't it :) Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

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    1. Yes, I really need to use bookshops more often!

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  2. Wow! Marvellous parent doing all the right things right there! Good to see so many ways of promoting reading too. Weirdly you reminded me of a place that my Dad's best mate from the Navy ended up working many moons ago now too #ReadWithMe

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  3. Looks like you had a great half term!
    We were away over half term so missed the Room on the Broom trail. Hoping to catch the Nick Sharratt exhibition soon if it's still on. #Readwithme

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    1. I think it finishes this week, hope you managed to catch it!

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  4. What a busy week you had! I love the look of the Room on the Broom trail! #readwithme

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  5. So glad to see everything has been going smoothly! he seems to enjoy his reading too!

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  6. The Room on the Broom is such a fab book, we've done a Gruffalo trail but not a Room on the Broom I shall have to look for one local to me #KLTR

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