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!

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7 thoughts on “Bedtime Stories and a competition

  1. does anyone know who the competition finalists were, for the talktalk tales, as it wasn’t advertised on their website on March 18th?

    Posted on March 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm
    1. Sorry I can’t help you. I don’t know. 🙁

      Posted on March 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  2. Good for you! There are so many wonderful, fantastic books out there…long chapter books…even short and sweet ones.

    Posted on March 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm
  3. I loved reading to mine when he was small! He’d snuggle in close to listen. I don’t understand why so many parents are missing out on that very special moment.

    Posted on March 8, 2011 at 11:58 am
    1. I can’t believe it either, but then I have to say I wonder why some people have children at all when they don’t seem to want to spend any time with them. It’s such a special time & what better excuse to steal a long cuddle? 🙂

      Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  4. These ( to me) seem a strange choice of bedtime stories, the majority seem to be for 6 yrs or older.
    what happened to bing bunny, or chicken licken, or goldilocks and the 3 bears, or others designed for under 3’s?
    I read my children a bedtime story from about 12 weeks old, and we carried on till they were 9 or 10 with us reading a page each at that stage to help them.
    They all loved having the different voices for different charachters, and this use to have them all in fits of laughter. Five mintues peace got adapted to my 3 childrens names – and heaven help you if you slipped up and forgot.
    We even sat and made up tapes of me reading favourite stories, with a bell to rung by my son when it was time to tirn the page of the corresponding book, and marked the tape and book with a coloured dot so they knew which went together, and these were great for the many hospital stays we had with them. As if I could not be there all the time then there was a bit of me with them all the time for comfort and tearful times.
    Never understood people who dont read to their children, as it was apassion of mine, is for all my children and even the grandchildren are growing up with books as the norm.
    sorry a bit ranting but like you its something I feel passionate about

    Posted on March 8, 2011 at 10:36 am
    1. No thanks for your views, I thought the list a little odd too. In fact most of those books I avoid reading as I think they are awful read out loud. I love The Large Family stories. They never fail to make me smile. Last night I had to do a lot of gentle persuasion to get my 3 year to let me read a Shirley Hughes book and then he loved it!
      What a great idea to make story tapes and to have your voice with them all the time, that is lovely. Thanks for the comment. X

      Posted on March 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm