1. The Dublin Diary

    Great post Caítríona. Children who don’t read or aren’t read to are at a huge disadvantage, I’ve witnessed this first hand. It’s SO important.

    I used to read in bed at night too just as you described, my parents would freak out when they caught me “you’ll destroy your eyes” was the usual threat!

  2. magdascauldron

    That’s so true. I loved when my parents read to me, but they stopped once I learnt to read myself. Everybody in my family was reading. My best friend family had never had tv, so they read at loud, they read Lord of the rings at least a few times. I wish I could be there.
    I’m back to reading. It’s easy to forget what a joy.

  3. I don’t get to do it too often myself, but when I spend time with a book, I’m absolutely lost with it. Much as I love tablets, ebooks and all things digital, if I ever come to having kids of my own, they’ll live in a house filled with books. An absolute must for the imagination :)

  4. Carol Downey Muldoon

    I’m with ya on the reading to kids from an early age. We even have books in the loo (sometimes it’s a long process) It sets them up for life and fuels their imagination :0)

  5. Elizabeth MacDonnell

    Brilliant advice, I love to read and love reading to my children. When I was younger my sister used to his my books just so I would play with her!! A love of reading is an amazing gift to give a child and fantastic company for any adult

  6. Yes, yes, always. My reluctant reader, who is 7, has always loved being read to. He’ll listen to anything, it seems, no matter how arcane the subject matter, if you’re reading it to him. His father is on the fourth book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with him (with a few alterations when profanity or sex come up too obviously; the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon 6 may have been given a new description, for example). But his attention span and his comprehension – not to mention his vocabulary – all benefit from the reading, even when he’s not doing it himself.

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