Mutterings of a Fool

Man, Dad, Runner, Chief dog walker

Storytelling dads – my story

Every week appears to be a ‘week’ for something these days, the latest craze in the world of marketing and why not? Why limit a campaign to just a day when you can dedicate a whole week to it? Most of these of course pass us by but I thought this week was a good one to take a moment to recognise. For this week is Fathers’ story week, a celebration of the power we can have as dads when we read with our children. How we can inspire a love of reading and books in them with just a few minutes a day, a love that can make a huge difference to their learning and development as they grow up. It’s also a really good way for dads to bond with their children especially if like me you’re out of the house most of the day at work.

Ben reading to Henry and Matilda

You of course already know how much I enjoy reading with my 2 little monsters and how much they love books. Matilda helps me with regular book reviews on here to share the latest books she’s read and we have a house full of books. Well obviously not full, there is some space for sleeping and eating but I think ever room has at least a small pile of books in the corner as does the car.

This is also one of the reasons why I’m running 100km next month to raise money for Save the Children and their Change the Story campaign which aims to give the poorest children in the UK the chance to have a good education. The starting point for this is to teach them to read and share with them the joy of books so that they have that basic skill that most of us now take for granted.

So I thought I’d add my own contribution to Fathers’ story week by firstly sharing today my reasons for loving reading with my children so much and then secondly over the next 4 days 4 of my favourite dad bloggers will share their own stories. I’d love to hear about your favourite book to read with your children or for that matter the book you most dislike reading to them! If you want to learn more about Fathers’ story week you can click on the logo below.

1. What’s the best thing about reading to your children? 
The cuddles, although that’s a little selfish isn’t it? But it is one of the few times I can guarantee they’ll snug up and actually sit still for a few minutes. Nothing more fidgety than a toddler is there? I also love seeing the excitement on their faces as we read a book they love.
2. Where do you read to your children? 
Everywhere! Always on our bed at bed time snuggled under the duvet (Henry insists we get IN the duvet!) but if you sit down anywhere in our house chances are one of the children will hand you a book to read.
3. All dads like doing voices when reading, what’s your party piece when it comes to impressions? 
A do a mean owl impression and can also turn my hand to a West Country accent. In fact many of my accents start as they should and end up as West Country.
4. Favourite book from your childhood? 
Richard Scarry books are the earliest ones I can really remember but after that my childhood memories are filled with Road Dahl (hence Matilda!), Enid Blyton and Tin Tin.
5. What’s your children(s) favourite book now? 
LOVE anything by Shirley Hughes ( I may have written a whole post on that love a while ago) but in particular Dogger.
6. Last book you read them? 
Cinderella, Matilda’s current obsession.
7. Book that your children love but you secretly hate? 
I don’t hate any of their books and I definitely haven’t given any to a charity shop before to get rid of them….
Matilda and Henry reading
Do let me know what you think about dads reading and who does the reading in your house. Also if you, like me, think inspiring children to read is really important then you could always sponsor me on my 100km run and help raise money for Save the Children by simply clicking here for my fundraising page.


  1. I hadn’t realised that there’s a dedicated week for this – these awareness events get more an more specific! Joking aside, it’s great to see – I was reading something recently which suggested that only a small percentage of dads read to their kids, so I’m pleased to learn that it’s being promoted.

  2. *Sigh* Dogger. AMAZING book. My favourite as a child and now one of my daughter’s favourite too. Shirley Hughes = genius.

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