Friday 22 March 2013

#ReadItMD13 - "Brilliant Book Bloggers" Day Five Part 2 - Catherine at StorySnug

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell - A StorySnug Favourite!
Phew! We've just got time to squeeze in one more entry before bedtime - so here's Day 5 Part 2's entry from Catherine at Story Snug.

ReadItDaddy: Tell us your blog's name / who you are / Catherine

ReadItDaddy: How long have you been blogging (book or otherwise) for?

Five months

ReadItDaddy: What's on your book stack this week (children's / grown up books count)?

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
Ruby, Blue and Blanket by Jane Hissey
Pip and Posy: The Snowy Day by Axel Scheffler
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bentley
Schlaf gut, Paulchen by David Melling (German translation of Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep)
Bedtime Little Ones! by Claire Freedman
Tom and Small by Clara Vuillamy
The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad

ReadItDaddy: Give a very brief summary of why you think books are important to children...

Books give children the opportunity to escape into a wide range of fantasy worlds and can introduce them to a wealth of weird and wonderful characters. They can expose children to situations or experiences that they may not have had in real life, prepare them for unfamiliar situations and also educate. Books give children opportunities to learn new vocabulary, solve problems and ask questions. Most importantly books can be a source of pure enjoyment, whether they are shared or read alone, and can give children countless wonderful opportunities to escape into whole new worlds.

ReadItdaddy: If you had to name one booky person as your complete and utter book-idol (Writer, Illustrator, Publisher etc) who would it be and why?

Janet and Allan Ahlberg (I can't differentiate between the two really can I?!)

Janet and Allan Ahlberg collaborated on so many of my favourite books – Burglar Bill, Each Peach Pear Plum, The Jolly Postman, Cops and Robbers, Happy Families and Peepo. I think it is a great achievement that they have successfully written and illustrated books across a wide range of ages, from babies and toddlers up to school children. I love the way that they have included traditional fairytale and nursery rhyme characters in several of their books, it introduces children to unfamiliar characters as well as providing them with an opportunity to revisit familiar rhyme and stories. I also find the Ahlbergs' books really lovely to use for literacy based topics in the early years classroom. Basically, I have had a lot of wonderful reading experiences withThe Ahlbergs' books which have given great joy to many children and also to the adults who share the books with them.

ReaditDaddy: Name 5 books you think everyone should have in their book case (children's OR adult book or a mix if you like!)

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Paddington Bear by Michael Bond
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

Thank you very much Catherine. That neatly wraps up a fantastic week of book blogger posts and a huge huge thank you to Leyla, Melanie, Loll, Carmen, Anne-Marie and of course Catherine for making our "Brilliant Book Bloggers" week one of the most successful of our #readitmd13 campaign so far.