Reading Out Loud at the Big Weekend

I was very luck to be a part of the Big Weekend in Cambridge, I volunteered to read stories to children in the Big Read Tent    I love reading out loud to children and it was a joy and a  real pleasure to do this.  I went along armed with some of my favourite illustrated books and did my half an hour on the stage (chair) doing something I love.

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The tent we were in was lovely and colourful and also a welcome relief for the parents and children from the very warm, sunny weather outside.  So with my ‘captive audience I read a variety of books and all fabulously illustrated my set list as follows

‘Ernest’ and ‘Augustus and his Smile’ by Catherine Rayner,

 ‘Puffin Peter’ by Petr Horacek,

‘Something Else’ by Kathryn Cave and Illustrated by Chris Riddell

‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett

‘Crunch’ by Carolina Rabei

I had a wonderful  time and loved looking at the faces of my audience where some of them just had wonder in their expressions.

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Little Cat came along as my mentor and manager, making sure I stayed on track.

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Reading out loud to children is so important they hear stories being read and get to share with others,  it is also seeing that books are valued and stories mean something.    I was involved with Empathy Day earlier in June and it is was about raising awareness that   empathy can be understood through books and  by ensuring that children understand this and be aware of the thoughts and feelings of others  we can hopefully make our world a better place.

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I have to thank my son James for the photos as he came along with me,  I also embarrassed him a little as I introduced him to the audience and told them he had come to listen to his Mum reading out loud.

Also thank you to the wonderful Rae Snape for organising the Big Read Tent and the flamingo’s which now haunt me.

But that is another story!

 

 

A different day

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A very different day out on the morning walk,  still frosty underfoot but with a fog which was hanging around in patches.    Needless to say that did not deter my faithful hounds as they set off towards the first point in our walk the little water channel and the big oak tree.  No birds singing and it had a very eerie feel to the walk with a watery sun occasionally staining the  grey sky.

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Birds could be seen but they were noiseless hanging around the electricity wires and flitting on the ground.    The  vista was very beautiful, calm and eerie, another good start to the day,  although very different to yesterday.

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Frosty Morning

It was a cold and frosty morning here,   but what a wonderful treat the blue skies and a  twinkling on the frost laden landscape.  As I walked around he field with my dogs, I heard wrens, robins, great tits and jackdaws all filling my ears with their wonderful sounds.29th-january-2016-5-of-29-2

I loved seeing how the frost had transformed the things which I normally just pass by and hopefully the following photos give a glimpse of what I saw this morning.

Morgan my dog loved the walk and  whirling around in the frosty landscape and her coat lit up with the suns rays.   All in all it was a short piece of bliss taking in the world outside even though it was very cold, well home now blog post done and I do believe it is time to read Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman   One of my perks of being a librarian in a school I need to read so many books…  29th-january-2016-21-of-29-11