Hello, and happy Sunday! 🙂
I’ve been trying to really make a dent on the reading list I have, and have subsequently been spending a lot of time sitting in the corner of the children’s section of my local library. Hopefully I don’t look like a wierdo, despite spending my time browsing the picture books!
I’m currently working as a Teaching Assistant and I’m always praying I don’t bump into any students, as explaining why Miss is spending her free time reading ‘Handa’s Surprise’ on the floor, surrounded by books may be a little awkward.
None the less, I have been really enjoying this part of my course preparation. I always loved reading as a child, but found it less appealing the older I got…I’m not entirely sure why if I’m honest (I’m sure that’s something I’ll need to start reflecting on). I was a huge Jacqueline Wilson fan, and loved how she tackled difficult topics like divorce and bullying, making her stories real and relatable.
‘The Boy in the Dress’ David Walliams
I was so impressed with this book and can’t recommend it enough. I haven’t read anything else that touches on the topic of gender equality in children and I felt it was a story that needed to be told. It was funny, enjoyable and uplifting. During the short time I’ve worked in a school I’ve already come across situations where children in nursery may choose to wear non-stereotypical dressing up choices, (we have a boy who loves being Ariel or Cinderella) much to the confusion of other children. I loved how this story enforces the idea of being yourself, and that wearing a dress doesn’t dictate your other interests, your manliness/femininity, or your sexuality.
‘Mr Stink’ David Walliams
Despite also enjoying this book it was definitely second best to ‘The Boy in the Dress’. However it still had that unique hilarity you would expect from Walliams, and I think this made it more enjoyable for me as an adult. One thing I found very interesting was that it seems all of these books are based in the same town, despite all having different main characters that don’t link whatsoever. They all have the local corner shop in common and the friendly owner named Raj. I’m interested to read a few more of his books to see if this continues throughout. If so, this might be a fantastic geography lesson opportunity, where the children could map out the town in which all the books are set.
‘Lola Rose’ Jacqueline Wilson
I originally read this book when I was about 9, and was excited to re-read it and see how my opinion has changed. Wilson discusses some very difficult themes throughout the book (domestic violence, child neglect, low self esteem, anxiety and fear), and my adult brain at times didn’t want the younger me to have dealt with these topics. I think sometimes we want children to be sheltered from the difficulties in life, and rightly so, but for many children this is reality. Because of this, i think it’s important that such issues are addressed. Despite this I quickly fell in love with the book all over again and feel that the themes discussed where done so in an age appropriate way. The story was imaginative, the characters were likeable but realistic and I think it’s important children can relate to the books they read.
If you’ve read any of these books let me know what you think, and if you’ve got any recommendations for me I’d love to hear them.
Well I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Katie a.k.a The Library Loiterer