My ten year old spent a lot of the summer trying to wind me up. It is something that ten year old’s are extremely good at. One of his wind up missiles of choice was to taunt me about how much he ‘hated’ reading. He knows how strongly I feel about books and reading, you only have to stroll around our house and see the many, many books that are in every room to see that reading is an important thing in this house. So the ten year old knew that this was great goading material. He doesn’t hate reading at all. I tried not to rise to the bait and to tell him calmly and quietly about the huge benefits of reading. I reminded him of some of his favourite books of recent years. Told him how reading would inspire his imagination, open his eyes to new worlds and ideas. How it would help him improve his written work and not just in literacy but also in so many other subjects. I reminded him that without many of the great stories written over the years, many of the films he loves to watch wouldn’t have existed.