Buying second hand books

Books can be very expensive is buying from new. You may easily pay £10 plus for a book and once you have read it you may never pick it up again. Children’s books can also be expensive from certain places and often they will get damaged or they will grow out of them very quickly. Books are very important though to a child’s learning and development, so you still need books but can find them a lot cheaper than many high street retailers. Charity shops are a fantastic place to pick up books very cheaply. They often are less than a pound for a child’s book and sometimes in perfect condition. You can also pick up some great adult books for a fraction of their original selling price. Imagine all the books you could get from a charity shop for the same price you could get one from a retailer, and you have the added bonus that you have helped the charity too.

Books to help children off to sleep

Book shave been read for thousands of years and can be used for a number of purposes. Some books are read to learn a new technique, skill or language where as others are read for enjoyment. Reading to a child is an important part of their education. Allowing them to explore expressions, words and language in a way that is interesting can help develop their imagination and ability to learn.

Many parents read to their children at bed time as a way of spending quiet time with them and relaxing them before going to sleep. This is a great bed time routine but for some parents, two or three books may not always be enough. Audio books are a great way to allow your child to listen to a story without having to see pictures. It is another form of learning but I believe should not be used as a total substitute for reading to your children.


Learning from books

Book have been and still are a great way to learn new things. You can often learn a lot even from a novel or fictional story even about the English language for example. If you are looking to learn a new language then books can be a great way to start. It can mean that the whole process is effortless and can be done from the comfort of your chair or even your bed. Often people say that reading something makes it sink in quicker than hearing it and therefore books can really speed up the language learning process. You do not have to read many reference books from front to back, you can pick and choose the chapters that interest you making it more enjoyable and more specific to what you want to learn more about.

Some books can be expensive and it may be that once you have read them once you may not return to them so why not look around at car boots, charity shops and libraries to find a copy of the book you want saving on the initial cost.

Some of the best children’s books

Writing children’s books is no easy task yet there are some truly fantastic books that really do capture the imagination of children all over the world.

Here are some of my favourites from when I was young and favourites of my children also:-

The twits – this is a Roald Dahl classic, the funny story of the horrible tricks that the two characters inflict upon each other will have children squealing with laughter.

Each peach pear plum – this fantastic book takes many nursery rhymes and puts them all together in a rhyme that follows through the book in a funny sing-song style of rhymes that children love to parrot.

Up the far away tree – written by Enid Blyton is a set of fanciful tales about two children who climb a tree and find themselves in various magical lands where they meet a number of characters and go on wild adventures. It’s just as popular with children now as it was nearly thirty years ago, it’s really stood the test of time.

Audio Books

Audio Books have now been around for a number of years and having apps with integrated technology to read yo you has only boosted their popularity further. In most smart phones there is a feature that allows the phone to scan and read sections of whatever your reading aloud so you can listen to it as opposed to reading it.


There are also specifically tailored apps that will download the complete selection of novels, biographies or personal interest and read it to you with the comfort of your headphones on or coming though your speakers. It is not everyone preference but it is a means to engage deeper into language, the power of good story telling and also a great alternative to being a modern zombie spending countless hours being drained by television. What’s even better with audio books is that they are not saturated with an abundance of adverts for things you don’t want technically need in your life.