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Which book(s) made you or your child love reading? Tell us for a chance to win A Child of Books goodie bag including book caddy!

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SorchaMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 07-Sep-16 10:14:43

From picture book giant Oliver Jeffers and typographic artist Sam Winston comes a magical and unforgettable new story - which will encourage readers of all ages to question, explore and imagine.

A Child of Books tells the tale of a little girl who sails a raft across a sea of words and invites a little boy to come away with her on an adventure through a land of stories.

The book uses Oliver’s signature handwriting and artwork together with Sam’s typographic landscapes, shaped from printed extracts of 42 classic books and lullabies.

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To celebrate the publication of A Child of Books, just tell us the book (or books) that first made you or your child love reading. Post your answer here for a chance to win a signed copy of the book, a limited edition print and tote bag, plus a brilliant book caddy to store your books at home.

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Clawdy Wed 07-Sep-16 20:49:40

I didn't see many books until I started school. Our teacher read us a Milly Molly Mandy story each afternoon, and I loved them so much I begged my mum for one, so she went to the local library and borrowed two.Every night she read me one of the tales, and I was amazed that Milly Molly Mandy's friend was Billy Blunt, not Billy Blood as I heard it in school! To this day, I dream of living in that "nice white cottage with the thatched roof "..............

chamenager Wed 07-Sep-16 23:20:57

DS has adored being read to from young - at age 2, we could easily spend a couple of hours every day reading one picture book after another. He particularly enjoyed the Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler books, perhaps because of the lovely rhythm the rhymes bring to the stories. In no particular order and off the top of my head: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, Tabby McTat, Zog, Tiddler, Superworm, A Squash and a Squeeze, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town.

He first started to really love reading (to himself) with the Magic Treehouse series, then soon moved on to Beast Quest.

DD is not yet so keen on books but we have just discovered she likes Judith Kerr's 'The Tiger who Came to Tea' so I am hoping that this book will do the trick!

Leeds2 Wed 07-Sep-16 23:58:01

My daughter liked We're Going On a Bear Hunt, and A Very Hungry Caterpillar, but came alive to the Hairy McLairy books!

First books I remember as a child are the Blackberry Farm series by Jane Pilgrim.

speechman Thu 08-Sep-16 12:15:33

Go Dog Go. A simple book but conveys so much with relatively little language. Wonderful illustrations as well. from there, all Dr. Seuss books

mssakaf Thu 08-Sep-16 15:00:07

The earliest books I remember reading were some pocket Peter Rabbit stories and Spot the Dog series books and my daughter couldn't get enough of the That's Not My... series of books when she was little and now she is 7 it is no surprise she is a big fan of the Biff, Chip and Kipper books at school like I was too at school! smile

Emmad1977 Thu 08-Sep-16 16:20:26

My children were book worms from a very early age and had many, many favourites. A particular favourite which sticks in my mind is Tom and the Tinful of Trouble by Nick Sharratt and Stephen Tucker. They loved the story and illustrations and always had a giggle at the ending. We found it on the bookshelf several weeks ago and even though they're now 12 and 14, my children enjoyed re-reading it, remembering what happened. I think it was the mischievousness of Tom which they enjoyed. It's brilliant!

BearAusten Thu 08-Sep-16 16:32:51

There was one or two books which were loved, which we read together over and over. Strangely enough, one was a pop version of Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola. This was the favourite for a long, long time. However, I think it has to be Roald Dahl that has really given Ds a love of reading and books. They have really captured his imagination. He loves how Dahl plays about with language, making up ridiculous sounding words.

Larnipoo Thu 08-Sep-16 17:33:53

Enid Blyton Secret Seven/Famous Five for me. go my 8 year old its Goosebumps!

NauticalDisaster Thu 08-Sep-16 17:36:48

I think Oi Frog had the most influence on my DS liking to read, they can both 'read' it themselves now as they know it so well.

FeelingSmurfy Thu 08-Sep-16 23:24:37

A lot of the ones I loved as a child are loved again now smile I love sharing them from the adult perspective

Burglar Bill
Alfie books
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hutchy73 Thu 08-Sep-16 23:44:16

the Mr men books were the first books I can remember and now my son loves them too. He loved the Usborne that's not my .... series and Julia Donaldson - we recently read the day the crayons quit by oliver Jeffers which was great too . fingers crossed x

mave Fri 09-Sep-16 06:08:30

I read to them both from very early on at around 4 months old so it's normal to them! I'd say they've both loved the hungry caterpillar and anything by Julia Donaldson, the gruffalo is a firm favourite!

fantasticfive Fri 09-Sep-16 06:26:53

My favourite books were the Just William, how I longed to be him and have his adventures.

winterpark Fri 09-Sep-16 06:49:08

My boys loved reading, the gruffalo, the very hungry caterpillar and now they are older they like diary of a wimpy kid smile

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Fri 09-Sep-16 06:57:03

Mine was Ginger's Adventures- a Ladybird book that I can still recite.

As toddlers, both of mine were absorbed by Julia Donaldson and Hugless Douglas - now watching them move to chapter books and seeing DS1 with his nose in The Hobbit is like watching myself all those years ago!

IdaBlankenship Fri 09-Sep-16 07:09:00

My eldest is a voracious reader, but my youngest has never picked up a book for pleasure. I have been playing the long game with him, picking up different types of books - fact & fiction, trying graphic novels, reading different things.
This summer, we had a breakthrough: I found a copy of Marianne Dreams (a book I loved as a child) in a charity shop and starting reading it to him, a chapter a night. One night about a month ago, when we nearing the end of the book, he confessed that the book had been so exciting that he had taken the book to bed and read ahead the next chapter without me. I made no fuss, but inside I was virtually leaping around the room and high-fiving. I hope that eventually he will grow to love reading.

glenka Fri 09-Sep-16 07:48:12

I always used to love Alfie by Shirley Hughes when I was younger.

ThatsWotSheSaid Fri 09-Sep-16 08:17:12

DD likes Dr Suess 'the cat in the hat' etc. She finds them hilarious. smile
DS is too young to read but he loves looking at 'that's not my...' Books.

Narnianescape Fri 09-Sep-16 08:28:41

The Kipper books helped develop a love of reading in my eldest

Elizasmum02 Fri 09-Sep-16 08:58:39

im such a bookworm i will literally read anything,my daughter wasnt a huge fan until i read her toms midnight garden now she loves to read as much as i do !

ahigney Fri 09-Sep-16 09:42:28

For me that special book was Anne of Green Gables,but for my son Diary of Wimpy Kid!How the times have changed!!

CopperPan Fri 09-Sep-16 09:49:30

DD's favourite was Where the Wild Things Are, she used to ask for it every single night for a while.

Other favourites were the Mr Men books and Thomas the Tank Engine.

TippiNoodlegruder Fri 09-Sep-16 10:03:49

My eldest started with Mr Men! Now at nearly 12 he's a voracious reader, with particular favourites being Neil Gaiman's Fortunately The Milk and the Tom Gates series.

4 year old started his bedtime story tradition at 2 with "Wake Up" (and up, and up) every night for a week and a half. He now knows many books off by heart, and is looking forward to learning to read himself!

Youngest is a huge fan of Wibbly Pig.

I love reading with my children and I'm so glad they all enjoy books as much as I do as an adult!

allthecarbs Fri 09-Sep-16 10:08:17

Too many to mention! I LOVED the brambly hedge books, they became so real to me that I forget they're a book.
Also loved the Jacqueline Wilson books, Angus thongs and perfect snogging as a young teen. I still do love the Harry Potter books, they meant so much to me.

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