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Family Focus: The need to read

Reading to your children

This week's Family Focus looks at the importance of reading to your children and talks to Liz Canning from the Booktrust charity which gives out free books to encourage families to read together.

With children's bookshelves in Northern Ireland being overrun with DVDs and video games, the time our children spend reading has been drastically reduced in recent times.

Add to this parents' inability to find time to read to their children due to the pace and intensity of contemporary living, and it is fair to suggest that literacy levels among children here could be in danger of reaching lows not seen for many decades.

This week's Family Focus looks at the "need to read" to children as a means of stimulating their interest in language and literature, improving their vocabulary, bettering their basic understanding of morality and society, and nurturing the child/parent bond through one-on-one interaction.

The Booktrust charity gives out free books to try to encourage families to read together as a means of achieving these aims. Sarah Travers talks to Liz Canning from the Booktrust about the work they are doing through their Booktime scheme.



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