The tradition of reading to children at bedtime is declining, but you can bring the joy of reading to your little ones with these great tips and favourite books.
New research* suggests that while three-quarters of parents consider reading to their children every night as incredibly important, only 19% of them find room for storytime.
Our busy lives, full with work, socialising, smart phones and TV programmes, have pushed out storytime from our parental routines.
A staggering 71% of parents surveyed said that reading to their children was one of the most stressful things they do.
A lack of confidence can also be to blame for the absence of storytelling, with parents worried about a lack of imagination to come up with stories for the little ones.
23% of children hadn’t managed to finish an entire book in the last 12 months
Almost a third of parents (27%) admitted that they hadn’t read a book in the last year, and despite extensive schooling 23% of children hadn’t managed to finish an entire book in the last 12 months.
Alton Towers has recently launched its own book, called The Enchanted Village, which will be available exclusively in its new accommodation of the same name. Written by HarperCollins author and former Children’s Book Award winner Jeanne Willis, the new children’s tale will launch in April 2015 when the new woodland lodges and luxury treehouses also open.
To help you get back into storytime, and enjoy reading to and with your children, we have 10 top storytime tips from Professor Tanya Byron, together with 10 favourite books to get you started. Put the joy of reading back into bedtime with your children and pick up a new book today.
10 FAVOURITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND 10 TOP TIPS FOR STORYTIME:
Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited motherandbaby.co.uk before moving on to write about family cars for Parkers.co.uk - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, and WhatsTheBest.co.uk
She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.
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