The books we remember strongly as adults are often the ones we read as children. Not only do we remember particular books, but the emotions we experienced.
Children’s books are re-read and remembered over a lifetime, and many authors believe their best writing is for children.
Re-reading favourites is a good thing. With each re-reading, deeper meanings emerge and understanding becomes richer.
Reading books aloud, and being read to, is also important, with research pointing to enhanced levels of brain activity for children who are read to before bed. Some research even recommends reading to a child from birth to help stimulate brain development and build language, literacy and social-emotional skill.
For young people, reading fiction can provide excellent training for developing and practising empathy and understanding how others feel and think.
Below is a selection of some of the best books to share with your family - how many will you read?
Author of the Month
February - David Walliams