The Power of Reading, and Flying Solo

I began reading to my children when they were in the womb. I would also read my books aloud deliberately. As a writer, you are told to read aloud as you’ll hear errors better that way.

When my babies were tiny, I would type with them spreadeagled on my knees, and sometimes they would press the keys on the keyboard.


I was amazed when I first read to my toddlers because they would remember words as soon as I read them aloud to them. At first they would memorise whole sentences, and later they became able to read a word as soon as I read it to them. I sent my children to tutors to learn French, Spanish, and German.

By the time they are 7 or 8 children are able to read chapter books (short books of 5 plus chapters with no pictures), alone and unaided. We read Dick King Smith, Malorie Blackman, Anne Fine, Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton, and David Almond, Lemony Snicket, and later, Rowling, Ally Condie.


I have been writing children’s books for several decades. This year, I was awarded an MA in creative writing with distinction.

Why not check out some of my children’s classics on kindle. You can download kindle to your phone and read them to your children today.

Physical Book

If you prefer a read alone chapter book, my award-nominated work My Friend Alien is out as a comic style paperback too. The original looks like this the same as the image above. Please consider supporting the original My Friend Alien and not the book published by a similar name as it isn’t mine. I wrote my book years before and it was originally published in an anthology as part of a collection by Ursin Press as Flight. No prizes for guessing there is flying in this book.


Published by hermionelaake - Awards-nominated writer and associate editor O:JA&L

Whilst working on long fiction, Laake/Wilds write short stories, poetry, essays and blogs weekly. Laake appeared on Blog Talk Radio in 2016 in an interview across continents with Susan Wingate. Laake is an awards nominee, Jointly-published and Indie writer. Nominated for the Avon and Authonomy First Lines prize, 2014 and the H. G. Wells Grand Prize for Fiction, 2013 for the original #MYFRIENDALIEN out on AMAZON BOOKS in 2022. Flash fiction is published with Open: Journal of Arts and Letters. Laake has an MA from KU with distinction and a BA in English Literature.

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