Plant the seed, to read.

I’ve read books about Spot the dog, and pop up books and rhymes

And feel I’ve read the Gruffalo about a million times

Biff & Chip and Kipper are imprinted in my brain

And sometimes I do wonder, who chose those children’s names

I was prepared to read The Twits, but my son had other ideas

He said ‘I don’t like Roald Dahl ’ as it quickly disappears

Then we had the Astrosaurs and Captain Underpants

So any of the classics just didn’t stand a chance

But now he is a teenager and I can safely say

He ‘likes the books that he likes’ and reads them everyday

He was never into Vampires or Harry Potter you see

It seems he likes biographies which is the opposite to me

When your efforts have paid off, and it’s up to them

You’ve planted the love of reading, and his next book’s EMINEM!



  1. Georgie Lee
    December 29, 2014 / 03:26

    Enjoyed the poem. Recently read The Gruffalo for the first time. It’s a very cute story. Have a happy New Year!

    • Nortonmum
      December 29, 2014 / 11:46

      Thanks,the Gruffalo is a fun book, happy new year to you too.

  2. August 11, 2014 / 13:24

    aaaa lovely words!!! our reading tastes certainly change as we grow older although I do always find myself going back to those that I loved as a child 🙂 thanks for linking up to #readwithme I have tweeted this post x

    • Nortonmum
      August 11, 2014 / 14:34

      Thanks Chantelle, I hoped it would fit the theme, some good reviews on there. : )

  3. Emma | My Book Corner
    August 11, 2014 / 13:39


    LOVE this! What a fabulous reading journey he has had!


    • Nortonmum
      August 11, 2014 / 14:35

      Thanks, I was a bit worried about Eminem story though, haha.

  4. March 6, 2014 / 22:41

    Great stuff 🙂 Although I’d miss the Roald Dahls 🙂

  5. craftsonsea
    March 6, 2014 / 20:04

    Love it! We went through a phase where I could recite The Gruffalo word for word. Nearly killed me 😉

  6. Morgan Prince
    March 6, 2014 / 13:48

    Awesome. I particularly like the ending, it makes me think about BP and how he’s growing so fast. #Prose4T

    • March 6, 2014 / 14:57

      Thanks. I’m hoping when he read’s about Eminem’s Mum, he realises how lucky he is.Haha

      • Morgan Prince
        March 6, 2014 / 15:48

        Yes lol! I imagine that that book is quite interesting actually. Hope he enjoys it. x

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