Our first memories of reading

September 07, 2015

To celebrate International Literacy Day, we're sharing our first memories of reading and the books we loved as toddlers.

Inspiring children to read at an early age is fundamental to how they progress, not only with reading itself but in almost every other area of their lives. This thought-provoking video by Save the Children shows the potential devastating effects of illiteracy.

Here our our first memories. What are yours?

My favourite book, Malory Towers – Miles Kelly"I find it difficult to remember a particular book because I devoured everything as a young child. Once I could read independently, I became a huge Enid Blyton fan. I loved reading about the school dramas in Malory Towers and the exciting adventures of the Secret Seven. I used to imagine I was one of them!"
Amanda, Marketing Director 

My favourite book, Spot the Dog – Miles Kelly"My first favourite book was Spot the Dog by Eric Hill. I loved that a dog was friends with a monkey, a hippo and a crocodile! My mum made me a birthday cake in the shape of Spot when I was one because I liked it so much – she stayed up half the night to make sure it was just right. I can still remember asking to be read the story over and over again and wishing that I was Spot."
Claire, Senior Editor

My favourite book, Fantastic Mr Fox – Miles Kelly“I don’t recall the jump between learning to read and being able to read alone, but I do remember the first time I discovered how to create extra reading time under my duvet with a torch! I sped through all the Roald Dahl books, straight into the Famous Five, Secret Seven and into the realms of the Secret Garden, Tom’s Midnight Garden and the Box of Delights. Even now I think a great book gets even more exciting when it’s read by torchlight – perhaps that’s why I like camping so much!”
Fran, Editor

"One of my earliest reading memories is of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s brilliant Each Peach Pear Plum. My sister and I both loved it, so my long-suffering mum read it to us countless times. The rhyming story is really lovely for reading aloud, and at bedtime she would sit with one of us on each side of her, both of us leaning over the pages to spot the famous nursery characters in the intricate illustrations."
Rosie, Editorial Director

"I can’t remember that far back but I remember really liking poems, especially rhyming ones, and then trying to create my own. I still have a book called My Book of Silly Poems that I look at even now to cheer myself up. It includes Spike Milligan’s ‘On the Ning Nang Nong’ that I became obsessed with because of the sounds the words made, and how it didn’t make sense but was still amazing for some reason."
Katie, Marketing Assistant

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