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The Importance of Reading, The Hobbit & A Giveaway

| June 13, 2012 | 62 Comments

I discovered reading quite late – delayed by the fact that I didn’t really learn to read properly until I was about 6 or 7 or in Year 2 of school. As a child I had an amazing short term memory (in fact, I probably still do), and when my family would “practice” reading simple school books with me, I would memories the story, with the aid of all the pictures. Not on purpose. I just did it, without realising. It was only in year 2 when I was asked to read something out allowed  in class and I read the sentence back to front that they noticed (I said something like “The house is green”, rather than “The green house”). Lightbulb moment for my school teacher.

Anyway. I digress. I came to reading late. I remember the first book I read all by myself was “Die Kleine Hexe” aged about 8. And then the reading floodgate opened.

So, from my own delayed experience and now huge love of books, it is important to me, to get my children interested in and reading books early. We already read a lot of bedtime stories together, and I can’t wait to progress to the next stage!

The Hobbit

It is quite some time now since I read The Hobbit. I remember reading it – devouring it in fact. Being drawn into the fantasy world that the lovable character Bilbo Baggins lives in. Bilbo Baggins is a quirky yet lovable character, who goes through a journey of personal growth during his adventure to seek out the dragon’s treasure.

I have always loved stories of adventure and fantasy – what better escape and “break” from real life?

I am pleased to see the re-release of The Hobbit and have already received my copy. It is one of those books, that both adults and children can enjoy – even better enjoy reading together. I can’t wait for us to start reading “chapter books” at bedtime – as I think this will be  a great way for me to relive the story, through the wonder of Red Ted’s mind and imagination. I look forward to seeing which parts of the story will capture his heart and how he response to Bilbo quirky character.


And now… THREE readers have the chance to win their very own copy of The Hobbit.

All you have to do is to leave a comment about you favourite childhood story/books that you can remember reading with your parents


1) Winners will be selected at random.

2) Open to the UK only.

3) Giveaway closes 22 June 2012.

This is a Sponsored Post for the re-release of the Hobbit.

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  1. My favourite book as a child was Chilly Billy – I recently searched for it on Amazon and realised there wasn’t anyway to afford to buy it (+£150 for a paper back copy) but a visit to my folks and I have found my mum’s copy…. you can tell it’s our childhood favourite the pages are stuck in with sticky tape, there are bookmarks still in it with mine and my brother’s names on that we made as well.

  2. Galina V says:

    My Mum didn’t read to me, she is a great storyteller though and she used to retell books to me. I remember her telling me the story of Jane Eyre, Consuelo and many others. Later I discovered the novels myself. Reading is my most favourite pastime. I don’t think I could live without books.Thank you!

  3. Carolin says:

    My favourite book was “Lustige Geschichten” by Vladimir Sutejew. My parents even painted the characters on my walls and I ‘helped’ them by covering the entire wall in red crayon *oops*

  4. Chris Arnold says:

    It just has to be the Enid Blyton Magic Faraway Tree books, about as un PC as you can get!I kept all of my books, pulled them out of the loft for the kids, had about a 40% take up on them, they loved some (Mr Galliano’s Circus) and left some (all of my pony books) but they did love The Hobbit!

  5. elsie says:

    We have the Hobbit so please don’t enter me.

    My dad who classes himself as a non reader (although he reads lots of non fiction), read aloud all three books of the LOTR and then read The Hobbit. My brother and I loved it. My brother’s teacher commented that my brother had such a great imagination when he was writing stories, at such a young age, he took so much inspiration from the hobbit’s tales.

  6. tree says:

    i was first introduced to The Hobbit by a teacher who focused an entire semester on reading and discussing the Hobbit. His classroom was even painted like middle Earth. :) i loved it, and then when on to read and love the LOTR series. Last year i read the Hobbit aloud to my son, and we are currently 3/4 of the way through Fellowship of the Rings. i would love to win a copy for him. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Wendy daviosn says:

    Anything by Enid Blyton…..I LOVED her.

  8. Fiona Taylor says:

    Mervyn Mouse was my favourite children’s book that I used to read with my Mum. My favourite part of Mervyn’s Channel swimming adventure, was when he was ‘bobbing up and down like a greasy little sponge’!!!

  9. Tracy K Nixon says:

    I loved Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five Books! I also loved The Faraway Tree, The Wishing Chair, Milly Molly Mandy and The Children of Cherry Tree Farm!

  10. OrganicMummy says:

    My favourites were Peter Pan and The Frog Princess. The more Fantastical the story the better, even now!


    just william and crikey billy bunter

  12. rebecca pawsey says:

    i remember my mum reading me the fox busters by dick king smith. funny book which i now read to my own children.

  13. Gill B says:

    Der Struwwelpeter by Henrich Hoffmann. The Story of the Thumb-Sucker will be with me for ever!!

  14. Veronica brown says:

    I used to love cuddling up to my mum on the sofa as we read topsy and tim books together.

  15. Rhonda says:

    I can’t remember anything my parents used to read to me but as a child I loved reading point horror books.

  16. maureen findley says:

    They read Great Expectations to me

  17. Rory Williams says:

    Winnie the Pooh by A.A.Milne ‘For I am a bear of very little brain and long words bother me’

  18. Emma says:

    Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. Wildly paraphrased and left me with an everthing is possible imagination.

  19. SARAH LAMBERT says:

    My fav book was The lion the witch and the wardrope.I luved this book and every time i read it i got all excited :) xx

  20. kirstine meredith says:

    My fave have to be the ladybird books inc The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Three Little Kittens!!!

  21. Sharon Beaman says:

    I used to love reading. My favourite was Brer Rabbit. Any Enid Blton books and Fairy Tale books.

  22. Enid Blyton and Gerald Durell were my favourite books but I also loved the education of the Ladybird books too!

  23. Lauren Davies says:

    Mallory Towers was always my favourite childhood books. I think I read them over 10 times. I loved anything written by Enid Blyton.

  24. Andy D says:

    The Famous Five

  25. Craig Dearden says:

    My favourite book(s) were the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton, which probably leads me into mystery books left right and centre, I love a good twist. I’ll soon be reading these to my daughter and continue her love of reading!

  26. cheryl lovell says:

    I loved James and the giant peach :)

  27. Jennifer Guertin says:

    My favourite book was Matilda by Roald Dahl. I finished it in the space of one evening, hiding under my duvet with a torch after ‘lights-out’!

  28. Jennifer says:

    My favourite book when I was very little was When Robert went to Playgroup, I’ve now found my old copy to read to my son. As I went on to read by myself I loved the famous five but my ultimate childhood find was an old book of my Dad’s by Dennis Wheatley – The Devil Rides Out, so altogether an eclectic mix. I just hope my son picks up my love of reading.

  29. Paul says:

    Famous Five – really enjoying them again now reading them to my 8 yo soln

  30. Heather Platt says:

    Milly Molly Mandy
    and later
    Children of the New Forest
    Blissful times listening to my mum read!

  31. Tom Baines says:

    Best book I read as a nipper was the Once and Future King by Thomas White, fantastic story

  32. kerry Locke says:

    My Mum read me The Secret Garden – it quickly became a firm favorite!!!

  33. Priscilla Stubbs says:

    My Dad used to read Christopher Robin to me at bedtime. I loved it and used to get very annoyed when he would skip a line, he couldn’t get away with that as I knew it all off by heart. When I started to read on my own I loved all the Famous Five and Adventure books by Enid Blyton

  34. Mickie Bull says:

    I was a Blyton boy, I remember I had a hardback collection of both Fives and Sevens, plus Faraway Tree stories. Sadly they’ve got walkabout throughtout the course of my life. My dad made me a small bookcase to store them on and it was my pride and joy.

  35. Georg Ball says:

    I used to like the Hairy McClairy books lol!

  36. Victoria Boland says:

    Enid Blyton’s The Enchanted Wood and The Magic Faraway Tree.

  37. Solange says:

    The Famous Five

  38. susan says:

    22ND JUNE

  39. Julie Picton says:

    I used to love The Magic Faraway Tree. Loved Moon Face

  40. David R says:

    The Secret Seven

  41. Emma Hicks says:

    My favourite childhood books that my Dad used to read to me, were Chicken Licken, The Gingerbread Man and The Little Red Hen! I have fond memories of these times and now enjoy reading these books/stories with my own children! :-)

  42. Sandra Lane says:

    I loved all of the Narnia books by C.S.Lewis but I remember my mum reading me the first one ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ and this has always been my favourite.

  43. Robin Brooksbank says:

    The very hungry caterpillar

  44. Katherine Aitken says:

    Wow. The famous five when we were younger, and then on holiday ‘Lord of the Rings’ – but we always found it a bit complicated to follow.

  45. Emma Jackson says:

    I’m another one of the Enid Blyton fans on here! I loved the sense of adventure I got from reading her books, especially Famous Five and Secret Seven ones. Me and my sister even formed our own mystery solving gang called the Tremendous Two but sadly we never did find a mystery to solve :)

  46. Russ Allan says:

    My favourite book as a child WAS the Hobbit. I remember my dad taking it away on holiday with us and reading it to me and my brother. Wet my appetite for the Lord Of The Rings.

  47. Jenny Rogers says:

    I loved reading Enid Blyton (!), but my dad used to make up stories for me and my sister. Our favourite was one where the cat was lost in the snow.

  48. Claire says:

    My favourite book from my childhood was called The Big Yellow Book of Bedtime Stories which was filled with several short stories. I used to enjoy my parents reading to me and then I used to enjoy reading it to my brother and sister (I am a couple of years older than them). Most of the stories were quite silly, I remember one where a man turned into a donut because he ate too many! Not very educational but we had a good giggle!

  49. Alison says:

    I used to devour books when I was little, I loved them all. I remember reading where the wild things are with my parents, I used to love the illustrations. When I was bigger I loved Swallows and Amazons

  50. lisa williams says:

    My favourite childhood book i can remember is The Secret diary Of Adrian Mole age 13 3/4. Fab book and i loved every word. Infact i think even though i am now 40 i may have to grab a copy and relive my childhood again :)

  51. Lily says:

    My brother used to read me books. Ugly duckling was my favourite

  52. Charlotte Cottam says:

    the very hungry caterpillar !

  53. Mark Palmer says:

    Always loved Thomas the Tank Engine.

  54. Catwoman The Geek says:

    I’m gonna be honest and sound so cheesy but ,my favourite childhood and still is my favourite book is The Hobbit. I collect all the editions that are about and I would love to win this to add to my collection and make me be transported back to the Shire with Bilbo.

  55. Jade Vine says:

    The Tiger who came to tea. I used to hope it would actually happen but it never did!

  56. Andrea K says:

    all Enid Blyton books

  57. Paul Witney says:

    I loved Charlotte’s Web

  58. shirley harpley says:

    Secret seven and famous five.

  59. vidhya ramasubramaniam says:

    My favorite childhood memory is of reading Malory Towers by Enid Blyton with my mom… :)

  60. Claire says:

    The famous five serious of books were just amazing when i was a kid

  61. Alison says:

    I remember reading little Red Riding Hood.

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