Welcome to Thursday and the 4th post in the series to celebrate Fathers story week, if you happen to have missed the first 3 posts you can find them here. Today I have the great pleasure of sharing a guest post with you from Sam Coleman who writes a beautifully written blog called Dust and Love which is about his life as a dad.

He’s also now a published author having released a book on parenting last year called Sometimes you have to bite the dog. So if anyone is qualified to talk about storytelling dads then I think it might be him. So here without further ado is Sam’s thoughts on reading with his daughter.

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1. What’s the best thing about reading to your children?
Hearing her laugh. Any blackened, hate filled day is filled with light if I can make her laugh.

Reading is great for playing with words, visualisation and finding confidence in expressing yourself. And it’s not about the words or the pictures on each page. It’s about how you can enhance the story by using your imagination which, in turn, gives your child the tools to create their own stories.

Storytelling gives access to the imagination and encourages free creative thinking. It also creates memories that will last a lifetime. My father openly cries when I read the same books to my daughter as he did for me when I was her age. Storytelling is fundamental to the growth of the creative spirit. Only you can teach your children how to tell their own stories.

Start a sentence with “once upon a time” and let them fill in the blanks. You don’t need a book to tell a story.

2. Where do you read to your children?
Mostly her bedroom but it depends on her mood. She’s a big fan of reading when she’s on the potty.

3. All dads like doing voices when reading, what’s your party piece when it comes to impressions?
I do a good upper middle class, teeth whistling accent. It sounds like Brian Sewell after a bottle of red wine. My monster voices (which I love doing) are a bit much for her sometimes. But I do think it’s important to scare your children as well as making them laugh. Understanding fear is important.

Sam reading

4. Favourite book from your childhood?
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr Seuss

5. What’s your children(s) favourite book now? 
Animus by Seonna Hong. It’s a visual circus with a sobering backdrop. Chilling and delightful. She loves it

6. Last book you read them?
I started reading an HP Lovecraft short story but she ended up running out the room.

7. Book that your children love but you secretly hate?
Anything with fairies in it. I don’t like fairies. I’ve never understood quite why.

So what do you think? Agree with Sam’s selections? What book do your children want to read over and over again?