Many Irish parents say they want to spend more time reading to
their children before bedtime.


A new survey conducted by Bord Gais Energy Book Club found 47 per
cent of mums and dads help their youngsters drift off to sleep by
reading to them in bed.


However, 43 per cent said they wish they could spend even more
time doing this.


St Patrick's College literacy lecturer Dr Eithne Kennedy said
reading is a "critical" part of a child's development, as it helps
them at school and in everyday life.


"It opens up new worlds, nourishes imagination, creativity,
thinking skills, general knowledge and vocabulary," she
added.


The study also discovered that printed books are the preferred
choice of reading material, with 98 per cent of parents choosing
these instead of e-book readers like the Amazon Kindle.


A study from Feather & Black recently revealed reading bedtime
stories to their children is 23 per cent of parents' favourite time
of day.


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