Whilst reading a bedtime story to our wonderful godson the other day, I was thinking: ‘where’s the fun in reading in your head?’.
A BBC news item recently (shared on our Facebook page) showed Mark Rylance reading the BFG to a group of children. Again, it was so much more fun reading out loud! His silly ears and his great acting skills really helped with the moment.
Listening to children read out loud is similarly joyous, especially when they pitch it just right, adding nailbiting tension when the see an ellipsis, or making good use of an exclamation mark.
Reading books is, no matter how you put it, a chore at some point in everyone’s life. Whether it be a book you have to study at school, or a book a friend has written which isn’t particularly your genre, but you read it to be supportive, there’s always one slipping through the net. Unfortunately for some, this can be the off-putter.
The moral? Get a new book and read the first page out loud to your loved one! Go wild- use silly voices, add suspense, make it fun! You’re never too old…