When I first discovered I was pregnant with Little Miss C one of the things I really looked forward to was being able to snuggle up and share bedtime stories with a little one. I’ve always loved books, and remember loving them as a child too and so wanted to share that with a child of my own. That happened and I’m delighted to say that LMC now loves books and reading about as much as I did when I was a child. It was wonderful seeing how in awe she was to meet Jacqueline Wilson recently and made me so happy to see her getting that pleasure from meeting an author.
Little Miss C may now be 7 and able to read independently, but it is still just as important that she has grown ups reading to her too and also listening to her read. Reading is not just a skill that you should just stop working at. Children are still developing and learning to read different things – whether they be harder words, about things that are more complicated to comprehend, or different types of reading material. It’s something that her new junior school has been really keen to reinforce when the children moved up, and a large part of her home learning in Year 3 centres around reading. Experts say that children should spend 20 minutes a day reading to develop their literacy skills.
Despite this though, research commissioned by The Book People has shown that one in five parents of 5 – 11 year olds do not read with their children at all. That figure shocked me. And saddened me. LMC and I still enjoy sharing books together and the thought of a child like Master C (who turns five later this week) not having someone sit down and read with him makes me quite upset. It’s not just the educational side of reading that is so important, but also spending that quality time one on one with a child. Despite this though 54% of the same group of parents spend less than an hour a week reading with their children.
The Book People commissioned this research for its second annual Bedtime Story competition which challenges young authors aged between five and 11 to create a picture book on the theme of friendship. The judging panel is led by Strictly Come Dancing presenter Claudia Winkelman, and the winner will become a published author, with their book being brought to life by top illustrator Alison Brown, and published by Little Tiger.
Last year’s competition was won by Isabel Harris with her book The Moon Man. It tells the story of two sets of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways.
It’s lovely to see what children come up with then they are asked to write their own stories. Sometimes you can see where they have taken their inspiration from in stories that you have shared with them, but then on the flip side sometimes what their imagination comes up with can blow you away.
Win a bundle of five bedtime story picture books, including The Moon Man, from The Book People
Those lovely people at The Book People are giving Being Mrs C readers the chance to win a bundle of five bedtime story picture books, including The Moon Man by Isabel Harris. All you need to do is follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below and leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite bedtime stories were as a child.
- UK entrants over the age of 18 only.
- Entrants will be submitted to the random draw. One names will be drawn and that person will win a bundle of five bedtime story picture books (including The Moon Man) from The Book People.
- Incomplete or Duplicate entries will be deleted.
- The giveaway ends at midnight on Monday 25 September 2017.
- Entrants must leave a means of contact: either twitter handle or email address.
- Prizes must be claimed within 3 days, otherwise another winner will be selected to replace the non-claimant.
- The prize is the item featured in the post, and there is no cash alternative.
- Please allow 14 days for delivery.
- All prizes will be sent out by The Book People.