Handed down books

Handed down books

There was an old news article, from 2011, doing the rounds on a few pages on facebook across the past week. It was reporting on research conducted by the National Literacy Trust’s research which indicated that around 30% of children didn’t own a book.

I personally find that statistic astounding. How a child cannot own a book is baffling to me. My house is packed with books, both my own books and the children’s. Interestingly Damian reads very few books, tending to prefer to read the papers. However I grew up in a house packed with books and this looks to be continuing for Daniel and Emma.

I shared some images on Instagram over the past couple of days of some books that I had taken out of our loft. I have written before about how my parent’s have saved things of mine from when I was younger, and these are now being enjoyed by Daniel and Emma. I have boxes of books that have been passed down and it’s lovely to see them being read again by my own children.

Handed down booksThe two books I have got down for Daniel are this Postman Pat book and a Thomas the Tank Engine one. I suspect these both belonged to my younger brother. Daniel is going through a Thomas phase at the moment and he has enjoyed looking through this book already. We are steadily working our way through a boxset of Thomas books that my Auntie and Uncle bought him at Christmas (there are 68 books!) and we will then start on this one properly.

He hasn’t yet seen Postman Pat on TV, but does enjoy the little ride machines of Postman Pat that are dotted around and there are a few other Postman Pat books that we have the he enjoys reading so I am sure when we start on this book he will have good fun.

Emma is much less engaged with books than Daniel is. We read to them both each night and she enjoys both the regular stories that she has. I have found a couple more books that she likes me to read too, and I will share these again in another post.

I hope that is the National Literacy Trust repeated their research the number of children who don’t own a book would have decreased. Reading is such a wonderful way to learn language and to prompt conversation. Emma learns so much from the few books she likes to engage with and I am positive that Daniel’s language skills are due to his love of books.

We have books in the children’s rooms that they are free to access and a big basket of books in a living room that Daniel sits with each day and works his way through. I can’t imagine a house without books.



  1. 7th May 2015 / 05:38

    a staggering and worrying statistic

  2. 7th May 2015 / 20:38

    I think that that statistic is truly shocking. M has so many books and I actually bought her 2 more today. As well as going to the library every week. Our house is filled with books, I just love them. I’m so pleased that M loves them too and constantly asks for a story! It’s such a wonderful bonding time too. Postman Pat is one of M’s faces at the moment..such a classic! xx

  3. 7th May 2015 / 20:42

    What an astonishing statistic! I would have presumed that every child should own a book. We are lucky that every child in Scotland gets free books from the Bookbug so there is no excuse not to have a book. I couldn’t imagine a life without books for M to play with. She constantly chooses to read them out loud or flick the pages. No child should go without books. Ever.

  4. 7th May 2015 / 20:56

    That’s crazy, but I can believe it. I didn’t grow up in a house filled with books, yet I loved to read and excelled in literacy at school too. I think my first proper book was Harry Potter. I am forever having to stop myself buying yet another book for Toby as he has so many and his attitude at the moment is that books are for ruining, not reading xx

  5. 7th May 2015 / 23:07

    It’s a very worrying statistic. However I once overheard a women talking about how her son had asked for books for Christmas. She said something along the lines of (the boy was also with her at the time) “I’ve told him, what does he want books for? He is 10 he should be asking for computer games.”

    She wasn’t joking.

    We too have loads of books and I just couldn’t imagine a home – especially a child’s home- without them!

  6. Pauline x
    23rd May 2015 / 13:07

    It’s so sad to hear statistics like that. It’s criminal.

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