Some of you may have spotted this news story on Friday, which announced a new Booktrust campaign to get more dads reading to their children. The Booktrust charity published a survey and found that only one in ten dads said they were their child's main reader; and that 43% of mums read to their child every day, compared with 26% of dads.
What are your family's after-school/bedtime reading patterns? Who is the main reader in your family, or do you share? And lastly what are your thoughts on the Booktrust campaign - MN mums and dads (<-- especially!), do you support the initiative?
It's OK MrsTerryPratchett, I was a bit rushed when I posted. I know you're not judging, and you're to be concerned to find book-free households. We are overflowing with them, and have also rediscovered the joy of the library (ordering books in to a convenient branch). I wish all children had ready access to books like mine do.
Outside: try audio books. In fact, audible has an app where they can earn badges and points for listening (just like a videogame reward system). Once you've got them listening, they'll start actually wanting to hear stories. DS1 used to listen to loads of audiobooks before he was a good enough reader to read the kind of stories he actually enjoys. Now that reading isn't an issue, he devours books at every opportunity. Once he got to primary school he wasn't all that keen on me reading to him, so I tried audiobooks to much success.
There are precious few adult books in this house. DH and I have hundreds of academic books that live in our offices at work but home is mostly full of children's/young adult books. I generally steal DS1's books and read them though. I love YA fiction.