Leeds dads urged to turn over new leaf

Leeds dad Andrew Woods reading to two-year-old daughter Lydia at Crossgates library
Leeds dad Andrew Woods reading to two-year-old daughter Lydia at Crossgates library
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DADS in Leeds are being encouraged to turn over a new leaf and rediscover the joy of reading bedtime stories to their children.

The call comes after new research revealed the vast majority of parents in the city are shying away from reading aloud to youngsters

Reading and writing charity Booktrust has launched a ‘Get Dads Reading Hour’ campaign after commissioning a survey which revealed 71 per cent of Leeds parents lack confidence when reading aloud to their children.

Children’s author Catherine Vase did her bit to encourage dads to get reading when she attended a storytelling workshop for dads at Crossgates library in Leeds On Saturday.

Today Booktrust was set to launch the first ‘Get Dads Reading Hour.

Booktrust chiefs are asking dads across the country to make an extra special effort to read to their children between 6pm and 7pm.

And the charity has teamed up with Northern Rail to persuade dads commuting to work from Leeds rail station to get the reading bug.

Catherine Vase was today due to entertain commuters with a bedtime read on the 12.05pm Leeds to Nottingham ‘Storytelling Express’ service.

The survey revealed that only 28 per cent of parents aged 16 to 24 across the UK voting reading a bedtime story to their pre-school child as their favourite part of their day compared to 42 per cent of older parents.

Viv Bird, Chief Executive at Booktrust, said: “For one in three parents reading a bedtime story to their pre-school child is their favourite part of their day.

“There are proven benefits of early years reading, including improving the child’s speech, language development and educational outcomes. It is interesting that it seems to be confidence that’s the issue at hand when trying to enjoy reading every day as a family, especially among younger dads.”

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