My Reading Journey


My name is Aaynaan Patankar and I am 8 years old. I would like to share with you my reading journey and experiences.

First of all, I feel that I would never have read as much without this amazing challenge and thanks to the encouragement of my wonderful mum and teacher! I have gone from reading slim books to fat books. I set myself a challenge to read a book a week. I read a variety of books from fiction to non-fiction, poetry books and cooking books. The Reading Challenge took me away from watching television and I started reading for enjoyment.

I felt relaxed and at peace with my books and amazed by what I was reading. I felt lots of different emotions. When I read The Diary of Anne Frank I felt like crying. I have never felt like this with a book before. When my great-grandmother died, reading the Beatrix Potter books helped me because they are beautiful and I loved the illustrations. I felt happy mostly as the books I read were funny, full of adventure and joyful. Illustrations too made me smile and I did some of my own illustrations in my Reading Passport.

I have continued reading awesome authors such as David Walliams, Michael Morpurgo and Kenneth Grahame and I would like to try and set up a book club at school. I would like to become an author because you can say whatever you feel!

Below is a list of some the books I have enjoyed reading:

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Cupid Cakes by Fiona Dunbar
  • The Nightmare Room: Dear Diary I’m Dead by R.L. Stine
  • The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
  • Thea Stilton and the Dancing Shadows by Geronimo Stilton
  • The Sleeping Sword by Michael Morpurgo
  • Kaspar Prince of Cats by Michael Morpurgo
  • Judy Moody, M.D: the Doctor is in! by Meagan McDonald
  • Eat Your Greens, Reds, Yellows and Purples: Children’s Cookbook by DK
  • The Rotten Romans by Terry Deary
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • I Like This Poem by Kaye Webb                                                

A Parent’s Perspective

As Aaynaan’s mum, all I can say is that this really has been a wonderful challenge that has helped Aaynaan focus on literacy in a variety of ways through having fun with reading. Aaynaan now reads independently, which I envy a bit as I miss cuddling up next to her and having a laugh about a particular character or whatever we are reading! I’ve encouraged her to look up words she didn’t understand before and use them in her writing, which has improved her spoken and written language. What’s more, it has brought a level of calmness to Aaynaan and she now has a real respect for books and reading.

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