Ian McMillan: Literally magic
As someone who has loved reading for as long as I can remember, I find myself getting very excited at those moments when babies start to recognise that those runic squiggles the grown-ups are pointing to and making noises around are actually symbols that communicate the meanings behind the sounds the adults are making. There’s a fantastic tipping point when the shapes and sounds solidify into that thing we call reading and it’s a moment that I find thrilling and moving in equal measure. It’s a constant miracle, happening all the time all over the world. Or sometimes not, which is a very sad thing.