Katrina Charman

What books did you read when you were a child?
Anything I could get my hands on! I especially loved (still do!) anything by Roald Dahl.

If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Maybe Alice in Wonderland because of all the strange and wonderful things she saw!

What is the best thing about reading?
Discovering new friends and being transported to different worlds. Experiencing things you wouldn't otherwise be able to in real life.

What is your all time favourite book?
I'm not sure I can choose! If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be Philip Pullman's Northern Lights.

Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
I try to always make time to chat with my children every day about how their day was, what they've been doing at school etc. It can sometimes be easy with everyone leading busy lives to forget to just stop and take a moment to just have a chat.

How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
My parents encouraged me to read and write from a very young age. We would visit our local library every week and I'd pick up a huge pile of books. I've always been very creative whether it be playing a musical instrument, acting, drawing, or writing and my parents enabled me to explore this side of myself.

How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I read to my children when they were younger – actually I still do, often! We are currently reading the new illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We visit the library every week and I let them choose whatever they are interested in. My eldest daughter is dyslexic and quite a reluctant reader, so I introduced her to comics and graphic novels and now she loves to read. I think the most important thing is to encourage reading for enjoyment. Nothing else. Just to foster a love of books.

Katrina Charman lives in a small village in South East England with her husband and three daughters. Katrina’s book Poppy’s Place is out now.

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