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Do you read your child a bedtime story? Take part in our online poll

PUBLISHED: 12:51 28 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:21 28 January 2014

Mother reading to son

Mother reading to son


Despite the stresses and strains of modern day life, more parents are taking the time to sit down and read their children a bedtime story.

A survey of more than 1,000 members of the Netmums website found that 70 per cent of parents read to their little ones more than five nights a week and half read a bedtime story to their children every night.

It is a figure that is on the rise, as only 37 per cent of today’s parents were read to at least five nights a week as a child and 29 per cent admit they were never read to at bedtime at all.

But the classic bedtime story has been given a 21st Century makeover by mums and dads, with 11 per cent shortening the tales they read, 12 per cent basing the stories on their own lives and two per cent even adding a celebrity element to the books they read their children.

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said: “Parents seem to be busier than ever before but still want to have this special time with their little ones before they drift off. Bedtime stories have always been fables for their time and modern times are no different - it’s just that the characters have been updated.”

Do you read to your child at bedtime? Do you think it helps you bond with them? Or do you read to them for educational purposes?

Leave your comments below and take part in our poll to find out the best-loved children’s books from ten family favourites.

See tomorrow’s EDP for more.


  • Well, the loss of the end of the garden long drop doesnt bother me too much. Catty.But Ladybird books were definitely better in the 50s-70s than they are now They were illustrated by artists such as Tunnicliffe and as well as the little story books the non fictions such as On the Farm or the What to look for in Summer ( winter, autumn spring) editions are works of art and reference. For half a crown they were a mine of information and it is no wonder that they are collected widely now, since the modern Ladybird books have illustrations no better than blobs. Children are extremely fortunate, the provision of books for small children has never been better, with stories available in board books for the very small.From Beatrix Potter and the Rev Awdry to Jez Alborough and Julia Donaldson via Shirley Hughes and Raymond Briggs books for little tots have been getting better and better over the last thirty years. Particular favourites are The Elephant and the Bad Baby and Where's My Teddy and the Mousehole Cat. My only dislike is the " celebrity author" book. When I researched reading age variability within books for children ( not picture books but those meant to be read by children themselves-some picture books are quite hard to read) I found the reading age could see saw by too many years from page to page in some written by celebs or less skilled authors.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • Bedtime reading is a special time of day. Forget the bad day at work, get rid of the computer games. Time for a hug and a story. And now my son is a proficient reader it's lovely to read chapters to each other. There haven't been many bedtime stories missed in the last 8 years and I'm sure this has contributed to my son's advanced reading age (despite the modern 'wishy washy stories' - is there anything that wasn't better in your day Daisy Roots)!

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    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

  • My little grandwotsit's favourite at the moment ( as well as most of the list) is a rather old Ladybird edition of Chicken Licken, Which has the added joy of proper illustrations and the fox eating everything at the end-unlike so many wishy washy modern stories. Many young parents may appreciate the bedtime story for adults, called "Go the F*** to Sleep"

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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