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A quarter of parents only read to their children once a week or less and for an average of just 16 minutes each time, according to new research.
The survey of 3,000 parents was commissioned by Leapfrog to raise awareness of family reading habits.
The research also revealed children's favourite stories and surprisingly tradional fairy tales like Goldilocks beat the Harry Potter books hands down!
Children's Top 10 Favourite Stories:1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
2. Winnie the Pooh
3. Roald Dahl Collection
4. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
6. Dr Seuss Collection
7. Sleeping beauty
8. Harry Potter Collection
9. Peter Pan
10. Hansel and Gretel
When asked why they don't read to their children very often, an amazing 24% of parents said that their children don't enjoy it. More than one in 10 parents claimed they don't have enough time to read with their children, and another 5% said that their children preferred reading on electronic devices. A staggering 1 in 5 the parents say that they were not read to at all when they were children.
Janette Wallis, educational expert for LeapFrog, said: 'It's encouraging to see that parents are still taking the time to enjoy reading with their children. It's such a key part of every child's development, and an ideal opportunity for family bonding time. Unsurprisingly, the research also highlighted the growing trend of children reading via technology with over a quarter of children now reading stories on computers, iPads or electronic books such as Kindles. However, tradition still prevails, and it's nice to see classic fairytales that parents will have enjoyed as children are still proving popular, as well as newer favourites such as the Harry Potter collection.'
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