Today, in the #imraisingareader series, we meet the founder of Little Page Turners. Toni is a mother to 2 year old and 5 month old.
What are your – or your little one’s – favourite children’s books?
Our favourites are constantly changing.
At the moment, our 2 year old loves Nick Bland’s “The Very Sleepy Bear”, “Fancy that” by Pamela Allen and “My dog Bigsy” by Alison Lester.
We love reading Emma Dodd’s “Together” with our 5 month old. Emma’s books have sweet story lines and gorgeous metallic pictures.
Tell us about one of your favourite reading memories?
I’ve got plenty of reading memories from my own childhood, but I loved when our eldest started selecting which books he wanted us to read to him.
He wasn’t speaking at this stage, but he’d give us the books in a particular order. If we chose one that he didn’t want to read, he take it away and replace it with the one he wanted.
Stephen King once said “The trick is to teach yourself to read in small sips as well as long swallows”. When or where is the most unusual place that you’ve read?
When I became a mother my reading habits changed. Initially I found that I couldn’t read novels due to sleep derivation and “baby brain” – my head just couldn’t handle a storyline.
With our youngest, I also discovered that I could read while nursing her. It's not something that I do often but if I've got a good book then I'm multi-tasking.
These days I’m focused on trying to read for at least 15 minutes a day. And if the book doesn’t grab me quickly I’m onto the next!
What are your tips for parents to raise a reader?
- Start early and be consistent. We started reading to our children really early (from like 12 weeks old) and got into a reading routine.
- Join your local library. Ours has heaps of great books, along with events to go to with the children.
- Put the books within easy reach. Books are precious in our house but we also want them to within easy reach so that they’re read.
What do you hope for your child/ren?
I hope that they’ll be kind, smart, generous global citizens. I hope that they help make the world a better place in whatever way (big or small) they can. And I hope that they have FUN.
You recently started Little Page Turners, why?
It's definitely a passion project. I love books, reading, libraries and getting deliveries!
I wanted to help parents (or any adult who wants to encourage a child to read) find good quality books that they'll enjoy reading with their little one. And I know that getting out of the house can sometimes be a struggle.