Nat bonds over books

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN Cbee­bies Story Time, Cbee­bies chan­nel ( Aus­tar), Tues­day, 7.15pm

AS she pre­pares for her re­turn to the judg­ing panel on The X Fac­tor, Natalie Bass­ingth­waighte is pour­ing her en­ergy into her two great loves, mar­riage and moth­er­hood.

Raised in New­cas­tle, Bass­ingth­waighte is firmly set­tled with her fam­ily in Melbourne.

‘‘ It’s [ Melbourne] where my heart is,’’ she says.

‘‘ My daugh­ter was born here, I got mar­ried here and I feel a real con­nec­tion.’’

The TV favourite and singer lives with hus­band, Cameron Mcglinchey, and their 20- month- old daugh­ter, Harper.

Bass­ingth­waighte has em­braced moth­er­hood so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally that it is be­gin­ning to in­flu­ence some of her ca­reer de­ci­sions.

She has taken a guest host­ing role on kids show Cbee­bies Story Time, a se­ries that fea­tures celebri­ties read­ing pop­u­lar Aus­tralian books for young chil­dren.

‘‘ Hav­ing seen a cou­ple of the episodes from the UK se­ries, I fell in love with it. I love read­ing sto­ries, I love per­form­ing, and I think chil­dren’s books in par­tic­u­lar al­ways have some­thing re­ally poignant to say,’’ she says.

Bass­ingth­waighte says she and Mcglinchey love read­ing to their daugh­ter.

‘‘ We’ve been read­ing to Harper since she was prob­a­bly five months old. I think the first story we read to her was Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood, and her eyes were wide open at ev­ery turn of the page,’’ Bass­ingth­waighte says.

‘‘ We read ev­ery day, prob­a­bly five to 10 books a day, be­cause she’s re­ally into it. It’s a beau­ti­ful time we share to­gether.

‘‘ I’ve also no­ticed that her lan­guage skills have gone through the roof, and the amount of new words that she learns and points to in the books. It’s beau­ti­ful to


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