I have always loved reading stories to my children, in fact I have spent the day planning and looking forward to a particular bedtime story many many times. I love the joy it gives and I love being immersed in the innocent story that takes you out of the day to day grind. So I was very sad when I was sent some research done by the phone and broadband company TalkTalk that found out that 48% of parents don’t read bedtime stories to their children. I can’t believe it and I am appalled. I assumed most people did this simple practice, it’s a major part of being a parent surely?
The research also enabled a list of favourite bedtime stories to be compiled:
1. Famous Five, Enid Blyton
2. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
3. Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales, H.C. Andersen
4. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves
5. Winnie the Pooh, A.A. Milne
6. The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
7. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
8. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
9. Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie
10. The BFG, Roald Dahl
11. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Suess
12. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
I have to say there are a few there that are definitely not my favourites but I do like The Famous Five.
TalkTalk have launched a competition TalkTalkTales to find the nation’s best amateur narrator. The storyteller Bernard Cribbins will be choosing the winner who will win £2000. There are also Amazon vouchers to be won and an Amazon Kindle. The competition is open to anyone over 12 years of age. The competition closes on 13th March 2011, so there isn’t much time left but Good Luck!