Today is World Book day and we are encouraging everyone to share a story for ten minutes today, except that is not quite true – we encourage you, beseech you, plead (we’re not above begging!) with YOU to share a story EVERY day.

You can spend ten minutes if you like, twenty is better and thirty would be sublime… having said that, even five minutes is an achievement and time well spent.

It is definitely a running theme this year for us to extol the virtues of sharing stories and reading aloud, this mission is ongoing and whilst there is no badge to be earned, it is challenge we take seriously and one that we will not fail (especially if you take action immediately after reading this and share a story with someone close to you!).

But I don’t have anything to read I hear you cry (as you throw your phone to one side desperate to grab something and start on this new reading mission) well fear not, noble reader as we have eBooks immediately available RIGHT NOW. You can access eBooks from our website, there are some lovely new Children’s eBooks available now on our new BorrowBox service.

AA 01467168_COVER_LARGEBooks like Pages and Co: Tilly and The Bookwanderers by Anna James. I can’t tell you what happens but I can tell you that this is what I will be reading tonight with my son and that it is a story all about book magic! So what better way to end a day of bookish celebration than by reading something magical?

Available now on Borrowbox

In previous blog post we have highlighted the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories with babies and young children but I wanted to focus a little in this post on older children as there tends to be a belief that once children start school you don’t need to read to them anymore or that reading should be all about testing their skills and forcing them to read aloud. Many parents are tempted to select their children’s reading material based on ‘education’ rather than interest and discourage them from reading material they consider ‘too young’ or ‘too easy’. Children once they start school are under constant pressure and allowing them to relax whilst someone else reads to them gives them time to appreciate the story and engage with reading in a different way. Some children find comfort in reading picture books with familiar characters and stories and this is perfectly normal and won’t hold them back educationally!

At home we can teach our children that reading is not a chore but something that brings us together and that can be fun/exciting/thrilling/scary/wonderous/sad, sometimes crazy and always worthwhile.

If you’re not sure where to get started then here are some further suggestions for you:

The Explorer by Katherine Rundell



From his seat in the tiny aeroplane, Fred watches as the mysteries of the Amazon jungle pass by below him. He has always dreamed of becoming an explorer, of making history and of reading his name amongst the lists of great discoveries. If only he could land and look about him. As the plane crashes into the canopy, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them.


The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

This is the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who have been taught BOL_069085_M_BOL_167494_COVER_LARGEsince birth to hate each other like poison; and the thrilling tale of what happens when their two worlds collide.

Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure…

Both of these titles are available as eAudio books on BorrowBox as well…

For those of you who are chomping at the bit to share the joy of Sherlock Holmes with your unsuspecting small people might I suggest Robin Stevens’ Murder Most Unladylike series to ease their transition…


When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident – but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place – and there’s more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.

Both the eBook and the eAudio are on our BorrowBox service as well.


Before I finish it would be remiss of me to not dispense some words of wisdom by the way of my top tips (exclamation marks are obligatory):

  1. You are allowed to give up and try another story!
  2. Choose stories that you will enjoy reading otherwise you might lose the will to live half way through the Lord of the Rings!
  3. You know if the story is good because they’ll be listening to it!
  4. Don’t be afraid to try accents and voices; you maybe mocked remorselessly by your nearest but they make reading fun!
  5. Whatever their age, give it a try!

Please do report back on your reading adventures. Read on. Read aloud. Share stories and use your library!