I always knew I wanted to raise a reader. I read to Sam when he was in the womb – my favourite picture books, Winnie the Pooh, and Michael Rosen’s poetry. I enrolled Sam at the library when he was six weeks old. Our trips to the library during the first months of his life were a lifeline – a welcome break from the four walls of our home and much-needed adult interaction for Mommy! Our local libraries (we are lucky enough to have two within walking distance) were regular pit stops on our daily walk with the pram. Most weeks I think we went to the library at least twice. The librarians started to recognise us and we would get a warm welcome.
Now that Sam is a toddler and those sleep-deprived, shell shocked days of early motherhood have passed, we are still frequent library users and visit at least twice a month. We always have the maximum amount of books on loan and some favourites get renewed again and again. Sam is collecting his Book Trust certificates and we enjoyed completing the Roald Dahl summer reading challenge.