It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for the 2nd post to celebrate Fathers’ Story Week which if you missed yesterdays post is a week long celebration of the power of dads’ reading with their children. Yesterday I shared my story about reading to my children and over the next 4 days I’ll be sharing some posts from my favourite storytelling dad bloggers. We start today with Darren who blogs at One dad 3 girls as well as being the brains behind Love All Dads.
1. What’s the best thing about reading to your children? From a very young age we’ve always made sure we’ve read to the girls whether during the day or before bedtime. It’s been a great time to bond with them and I think it’s encouraged them to want to learn about what’s going on in the stories.
2. Where do you read to your children? As the girls have grown and got older storytime is now just before bedtime. It’s the last thing we do before they go to bed.
3. All dads like doing voices when reading, what’s your party piece when it comes to impressions? I am always getting told by my wife to read the stories without silly voices but no one can read The Gruffulo without doing the voices.
4. Favourite book from your childhood? I was never a big reader as a child and didn’t really get read to but I do remember enjoying the Roald Dahl books.
5. What’s your children’s favourite book now? As Aly is now at school she gets all her books from school so they change a few times a week but given the chance the girls would pick books like The Smartest Giant in Town or Some Dogs Do
6. What was the last book you read to them? The last book I read to them was one of the old Mr Men books.
7. What book do your children love but you secretly hate? There’s none that we read at the moment that I hate but some of the older one’s like Spot or the Charlie and Lola books I really hate.
As you know I’m passionate about the importance of books in children’s lives and in particular the role that dad’s can play in sparking the enthusiasm for books in their children. Which is why in July I’m attempting to run 100km to raise money for Save the Children and their campaign to get children in poverty the same access to books and reading that we take for granted. I’d love it if you’d sponsor my run even if it’s just a couple of pounds, you can find my sponsorship page here.