Can you remember the first book you read as a child?

I bet it wasn’t on a computer tablet!

The first book, and the ones that followed it, created a foundation of learning that supported you throughout your school life, and more than likely your adult life too.

Some people are lucky enough to still have the old books they loved and cherished as a child.

If you, why not share them with your grandchild?

Things to point out

Show your grandchild the yellowed pages and leather or cardboard cover.

Many new books today are only paperbacks printed on thin paper.

Talk about the weight of the book and the paper.

Let them smell the book and discuss how it is different from their books.

You might want to show them the old-fashioned fonts and illustrations.

Encourage a love of reading in your grandkids by sharing your childhood books
Encourage a love of reading in your grandkids by sharing your childhood books

What if you don’t have any old books to share?

If you don’t have any books a quick trip to a second-hand shop or yard sales will start your collection off nicely.

Look for books published in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The subject matter may not matter, but as live in an increasingly sensitive environment, it may be worth reading them before allowing your grandchild a turn.

If you purchase cheap books and put away your treasured ones you won’t be too upset if the books are damaged.

It also allows you to purchase new books as unique and special gifts for sharing together.

Astro's Adventures Book Club
Encourage a love of reading in your grandkids by sharing your childhood books
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