‘Few things bring a parent and child closer than sharing a great story’

PJ Lynch, Siobhán Parkinson, Niamh Sharkey and Ciara Doherty talk about the value of reading to children as part of an Arts Council Christmas campaign

Tanya Fay, left, from Clonmellon, Co Westmeath and her beby Rihanna  and Nadejda Onofrej with her baby Julia take part in a reading initiative in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tanya Fay, left, from Clonmellon, Co Westmeath and her beby Rihanna and Nadejda Onofrej with her baby Julia take part in a reading initiative in 2008. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Arts Council has launched a Christmas campaign aimed at encouraging parents to read more to their children. A series of 30-second videos will be released, each featuring a well-known author, broadcaster or public figure talking about the books they loved as a child and why.

Research the Arts Council commissioned found that while Irish parents who read to their children spend on average 14 minutes a day doing so, 41 per cent of of Irish parents surveyed do not spend any time reading to their children. Irish parents have on average two hours a day of uninterrupted time with their children.

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