Story time: The old ones are the best, according to Irish parents 7 years ago

Story time: The old ones are the best, according to Irish parents

There's an ever-evolving selection of excellent children's writers to choose from these days, yet Irish parents still prefer the classics, with Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl topping the list of favourite children's authors. 

According to a survey of Irish mums and dads, carried out ahead of the Bord Gáis Little Readers campaign, more than half of Irish parents start reading to their children before they are six months old, with a further 30 per cent starting before their first birthday.

Two in every three parents read to their under-fives daily, with 63 per cent saying bedtime is their favourite time of day for a story.

We might prefer the classics, but we also enjoy a bit of variety; a fifth of children aged under five years old have over 30 books in their collection, while 23 per cent have amassed more than 50.

Nine in every ten parents said they wished they had more time to spend reading to their children.

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