Kids prefer bedtime stories read to them by Dad

Author: By Dina Rickman

85 per cent of mums admitted to only reading stories that they like to their
children at night, tending to choose classics such as ‘The Lion, The Witch
and The Wardrobe’ over Rhold Dahl’s thrillers ‘The Witches’ and ‘Matilda’.

The survey highlighted that not all parents read to their children every
night. It found that parents in Kent read to their children the most,
followed by Londoners. Parents read to their children least in Northern
Ireland, with only 3 per cent of parents saying they reguarly gave their
kids a bedtime story.

The poll was conducted by Silentnight Beds. Amanda Jones, director,
highlighted how reading to children was a fantastic way for them to learn,
saying:

“A shocking amount of parents don’t read to their children on a regular
basis. While it’s fantastic that parents are continuing to introduce their
children to timeless children?s authors such as Dahl and Blyton, it is
crucial that children are allowed to discover their own worlds of fiction
too.”

The survey also showed how children prefer different books to their parents.
The top 5 bedtime stories as chosen by parents included The Famous Five
Books by Enid Blyton and Alice in Wonderland, whereas children prefered
newer authors such as Nadia Aguiar, Elen Caldacoff and Eoin Colfer.

Silentnight Beds have launched a Book at Bedtime competition to find the
nation’s favourite new young writer. The 10 finalists have been chosen and
their stories are on the website silentnight.co.uk/bookatbedtime.
Parents and kids can log on, listen to the stories, read by author Kaye
Umansky, and vote for their favourites.

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