Youngreaderswestsix is the result of several things. One is my friend Susie’s suggestion that I put forward a weekly book recommendation for our children’s school newsletter. Another is, as anyone who knows me will confirm, my ability to talk any willing listener into a corner on the subject of children’s reading and the brilliance of children’s books. Lastly, it’s something of a parting gesture as I bow out of weekly book-changing and library-tidying for an increasingly adventurous group of Y3s and Y5s. I so enjoyed seeing last year’s Y4s, having been practically frogmarched into the library to choose books before the holidays, then discovering favourites on the shelves or the reviews board and buzzing with the excitement of recommending them to each other. I hope they’ll keep that going through this year, next year and ever after.
Susie – it’s taken me a while to follow up, but I hope this is the kind of thing you had in mind.
My patient friends – thank you for not changing the subject, and giving me the chance to refine my ideas.
Y3, Y5 (and Y4 and Y6 too, not to mention your friends and parents) – I hope this will give you lots more ideas, and I’d love to know what you think. Let me know if you agree or disagree, and particularly if you think I’ve missed anyone or anything.
Now, there’s a little more to this blogging lark than I thought – I have a few books to read before next week’s post. How about you?