You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need a is a book.
Books. Books. Books.
We are a family that loves books. We have more books then we know what to do with. We gather books at the speed a mouse produce baby mice. We never have enough shelf space and I'm too picky with buying bookshelves that we have books stacked up in strategic places.
I realise this makes us sound like hoarders. I promise we're not.
Though to some, with normal book keeping habits, perhaps we are. Our hands are never far from a book and we always have a book or two on the go. This love of books has inflitrated the little people. Which of course, we love. But this means that as well as hoarding adult sized books, we now hoard children's books. Those buying books as presents for them is now risky as we have all the best ones. More then once we have been bought duplicates, it's no ones fault really, except probably ours. We could start a small regional library and stock it with board books, children's books, history books, politics books, military books, religious books, art books, design books, craft books, classical fiction, humorous non-fiction and an embarrassingly (actually sorry-not-sorry) large amount of fantasy/sci-fi books.
From an early age the kids became interested in flicking through books. They were just part of their toys and as such became like toys.
Now, reading for some children and even adults can be a struggle and an effort, finding it difficult to immerse themselves and get lost in a book. My sister was never a reader until recently, Now we swap recent reads and geek out over dragons and wizards.
For some people the thought of reading anything with dragons, wizards and sorcerers makes their faces contort in disgust before being able to control their facial muscles. But reading can be made fun for kids. There our some books which I really loathe having to read Patronus A (a particular troll book springs to mind), but for some reason she adores. She will go through obsessions where we will have to read the same book everyday, multiple times a day for a week until she has completely rid herself of the addiction and knows it off by heart herself. She'll then go 'read' it her self from memory.
My point is that book reading with your littlies doesn't have to be a bore. Especially if you do it with PROPS. We have discovered this fairly recently and the results have been fab! We got gifted the book, 'The Hundred Decker Bus', by Mike Smith. I had never heard of it or even seen it at the library, but man, is it a fun read! It's about a bus driver who gets bored of doing the same route every day so decides to go on an adventure and everyone wants to join him. 15 pages later and the bus has 100 levels. It's fun and ends with a page that folds out. As we were reading it, I remembered the kids got given a red London double decker bus for Christmas. Once I realised that the rest was easy!
We found any toys we could find to recreate this gigantic bus. We had a lot of fun with it. The extra bonus of this is that this then led on to playing with our duplo lego in a way we had never played with it before. Patronus A was so taken with the whole idea that she was entranced and happy playing for about 45 minutes afterwards. No mean feat!
Storytelling with props could be as simple as having a caterpillar soft toy when reading the 'Very Hungry Caterpillar', making a Stickman when reading, 'Stickman', going for a walk in the woods after reading 'The Gruffalo', letting your littleun make a marmalade sandwich after reading Paddington Bear, or building a pirate ship from lego or play dough before reading 'Ten Little Pirates'.
Have fun with it!
The more you read the more things you know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.