What books did you read when you were a child?
I read a lot of historical fiction - books by Rosemary Sutcliff, Henry Treece and Geoffrey Trease. I also liked fantasy - a teacher introduced my class to an amazing book called The Hobbit, and that led me on to The Lord of the Rings…
If you could be a storybook character who would you be?
Aragorn, of course!
What is the best thing about reading?
Getting lost in a story that’s so good you’re desperate to keep finding out what happens next. It’s all about suspense… and great surprises!
What is your all time favourite book?
I always say it’s The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff. That’s true, but of course I have dozens of other favourites too…
Other than reading books what is the most important thing a parent can do to help develop their children’s communication skills?
Talking to them all the time! The more language children hear the better. Singing is good too.
How big a part did your parents play in encouraging your writing skills?
Both my parents enjoyed reading - my mum was a fan of historical fiction, and my dad liked thrillers and war stories.
How do you encourage your children or grandchildren to read, what books do you enjoy reading with them?
I read to my children all the time - picture books, chapter books, long novels - I read my oldest daughter The Lord of the Rings in instalments at bedtime when she was 11 (it took a year)! And I’ve read to all my grandchildren too.
Tony Bradman has been involved in children’s books for 35 years as a writer, editor and reviewer. He has published over 200 books, the most recent being Revolt Against the Romans (Bloomsbury Education) and Anglo-Saxon Boy (Walker).
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