So many people have asked me why I decided to write a children’s book and the answer is this. I wanted to create a book for both my sons first and foremost. A book that they can identify with and appreciate, a book that will spark their beautiful imaginations further and deepen their relationship and love for books more. Of course the fact that “mum” wrote it should help my cause, right?
Seriously though, I wish for them both to continue to develop a healthy appetite for books. An appetite that I believe will enrich their lives so much more as they grow and develop in today’s world.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads, lives only one.” George R. R. Martin.
What’s more poignant is my eldest son has recently just learned to read and is whizzing his way through every Dr Seuss and Julia Donaldson book with hunger and excitement. So its time to buy him his first book as a fully fledged reader and to officially welcome him into the “book club” Yay! Now to decide what that book will be, hmm?
Splish Splash In a Bath was aptly named after the boy’s splish splashing in the bath. (most likely them and every other child.) Although we actually called it “splisha splasha in a batha” in our house, for rhyming’s sake! Bath time is time for them to play together in perfect harmony (kidding of course.) and to use their imaginations as they splash around in the water, with their bath toys, playing games. Not forgetting their singing amplified by the fantastic acoustics that the bathroom lends itself too. Bath time was definitely fun time in our house until of course it was time to actually get washed. Nowadays we stick to showers…
As a mum to two young boys and having a great passion and enthusiasm for reading books myself, it was only natural for me to want to share this with my sons.
Well the more you read the more you understand, right? When we read we are learning, learning about the world around us and how it functions. We can read about different countries, their cultures and values. We can gain new knowledge and insights, facts and figures or statistics and data on pretty much any topic. Ahh, but to have access to all this information one must of course have the ability to read!
Reading promotes and boosts our imaginations and creativity. So you enjoy art and in particular oil painting, you go out and buy a book on oil painting. You begin to read it and what happens? It has given you an idea, you try it out and in turn you get better and you improve on your existing skills. You get more creative! You get the jist? Aren’t books just awesome!
It develops the mind and in particular those young minds, which are like sponges, soaking up all the information available. A person who can read and comprehend the information has the ability to educate themselves in any area they wish. That in itself is pretty amazing! Most importantly however words whether spoken or written are key components in life, so its important that we teach our children as early as possible the importance and joy of reading in order for them to thrive in this vast world where communication is even more vital than ever.
Even more wonderful is the fact that reading is truly magical, especially when you can escape into your new world of unicorns and rainbows. A million miles from planet earth, turning every page with gusto as to what will happen next on your enchanting adventures! Your never wanting the book to end because you dont want to get off the adventure train but you know its your stop soon… but wait! Whats that?! The sequel…
“Its really simple, if you want to learn and broaden your horizons, open your eyes and your mind and read!! Books are gifts, gifts of knowledge and insightfulness. They offer us escapism, adventure and a break from normality. Books are precious items to be adorned with love and care, for they offer us so many opportunities, we may never have had otherwise.”
– Ashley Sharples 2018