In our books, there aren't many better pairings than a cup of tea and a good book. We love escaping into exciting new worlds, whilst cosying up with a cup of Small & Wild tea.
A little while ago, we got chatting all things books with Kate & Libby, founders of Tales by Mail, and asked them for their top tips for fostering a love of reading. When better to revisit what they had to say than during Book Week!
Guest Blog by Kate & Libby, Tales by Mail
THE JOYS OF BEING A BOOKWORM
We’ve both been obsessed with reading since we were children. We think books are great because:
They allow us to discover new worlds, meet exciting characters and embark on adventures that transport us far beyond our favourite reading spots.
They help us understand others! Sometimes it's tricky to empathise with another person who might be totally different to you, books allow us to get into the heads of strangers and see their points of view!
Reading is relaxing! It quiets our minds and bodies and gives us a break from a fast-paced world.
Reading comes doctor recommended! Studies have shown that children who read are more likely to grow up to be high achievers and that being a bookworm is great for your mental health.
We were inspired to set up Tales by Mail because – as former booksellers – we saw so many busy parents struggling to find the right books for their children. We knew, from personal experience, just how important it is to get not just any book – but BRILLIANT books - into the hands of young readers, to help nurture their love of books and create a new generation of imaginative, adventurous, empathetic bookworms.
TOP TIPS TO GET KIDS READING
Read with them
Sharing books is a bonding experience and can be enormous fun when it’s a family affair. Embrace silly voices, throw in some props if you like, make reading an enjoyable and interactive experience.
Chat to them about books
Book groups don’t need huge crowds. Chat to your kids about what they’re reading like you would talk about a TV programme, or what they did with their friends at school. Ask them about the characters, their favourite bits, what they would do if they were a character in their book, what might happen in a sequel… it doesn’t matter what you ask, just get them chatting!
Take them to a bookshop
Let them browse, select their own books and talk to friendly booksellers about what they might like.
Treat them to a Tales by Mail subscription 😉
What could be more fun than a surprise parcel in the post? Our books are carefully chosen to be inspiring, imaginative and well-written, meaning your bookworms are guaranteed to get brilliant reads. Plus our activities, podcast and online community helps engage and nurture their love of reading!
About Tales by Mail
Tales by Mail is the ultimate gift for bookworms, aged 5-8 and 8-12. Every other month a bright orange box (resembling a giant book) will arrive on the doorstep of your young book-lover… Inside they will discover two brilliant new reads, signed author bookplates and letters, activities to engage and themed gifts. Plus, they’ll be able to tune into our podcast with author interviews, school book group chats & reading recommendations.