Last month, we registered to take part in The Little Book Adventure. The Little Book Adventure has been created by one of my favourite blogs, My Little Bookcase, in celebration of the National Year of Reading. It aims to encourage a reading culture, and encourages families, schools and libraries to discover (or re-discover) a love of books and reading.
10 monthly challenges are being set, and this month’s challenge was all about spreading our love of books, encouraging children to talk about books and share their love of books with one another. The task was to borrow a book from your library, write a little note about why you loved the book (or a drawing for younger pre-writing age kids) and then pop the note inside the book for the next child who borrows the book to find. I loved this idea! What a wonderful way for children to engage with each other and what a lovely surprise for someone when they find the letter. This is such a cute idea, and R (3) loved it so much that we plan on doing this again. Who knows? It might catch on and eventually he might find a letter from another child too.
The book R chose to leave his letter inside was Elephant by Petr Horacek. We’ve borrowed this book from our library several times. It’s a delightful story about a young boy and his imaginary friend, the elephant, and the fun they get up to together. Their imaginary adventures take them as near as the back garden and as far as the wilds of Africa. Petr Horacek’s illustrations are bold and bright. His books remind me a little of Eric Carle with their collage style and bright hues. They really are stunning and R is drawn right into them. He pulls Elephant out every day when we borrow it. Continue reading