Last year, a Book Trust poll found that almost 50% more mothers read with their child at 0-11 months than fathers. It also showed that one quarter more mothers read with their five-year-olds than fathers. This year’s poll shows that just 25% of fathers between the ages of 15 and 24 read to their children every day in contrast to 61% of mothers.
So what can be done to encourage young fathers to enjoy sharing books with their children? This month, starting with National Bookstart Week, there are lots of events in libraries and children’s centres to encourage families to read with their babies.
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