Children brought along their favourite books and we enjoyed two dozen Brick Lane bagels (or beigels if you prefer) that Pam kindly carried in for us.
It was interesting to see the books children chose: many were classics like 'Not Now Bernard' and 'The Hungry Caterpillar' but some were personal favourites that often we, as adults, cannot work out why they are popular. These are often the books that get requested at bedtime and want to be heard multiple times in a row. These are also the books that if you try to abridge or skip a page, the children will immediately rumble you. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers and many of them do. Some children are at the developmental stage to begin to recognise some letters, sounds and words. Reading aloud for pleasure is something we should not neglect. So whatever the age of your loved one, why not share a book, newspaper article or some poetry with a loved one this Valentine's Day.