Most of us treasure bedtime story time as precious time spent with our young children. A chance to snuggle up under blankets, switch on the twinkly lights and have soothing, calming time enjoying stories that make lasting bonds and memories with your child.
But, as kids begin to get a bit older and can read themselves, it can be easy to assume they may not want a story with you any more.
Given that there are studies that claim the simple activity of reading your child a story can significantly improve their logic skills and (at whatever age) can also have the effect of lowering their stress levels, it’s worth persevering.
If your older child seems to be losing interest in a bedtime story, maybe it’s nothing to do with the fact that they don’t enjoy being read to and everything to do with the fact that they may be ready to have a bigger role in identifying new reading material.
Check out Waterstones annual Children’s Book Prize for new inspiration or similar charts. The Girl Of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave, Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence and There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart are all 2017 category winners in Waterstones’ 2017 Children’s Book Prize.
Another key element of a household campaign to keep the bedtime story is to keep your growing child’s bedroom set up for reading. Whether you read together in a separate space in the room, have a beanbag next to their bed or whether their bed still allows space for you too, be intentional about making a purposeful and special reading space part of your child’s bedroom where you can continue to make reading memories together.
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