Get Dads Reading
Booktrust has launched a new campaign to encourage dads in Britain to read more with their children.
Research shows that in most families it's mums who do the majority of reading with children, but we want dads to have the chance to enjoy time reading with their children too.
Reading with your child is fun, and a great way to spend time together. Sharing books with your child helps open their eyes, minds and hearts to different people and situations, and stretches their horizons. Reading together increases children’s literacy skills, but research also proves that children who enjoy reading do better at school in all subjects. Best of all, it helps to build a strong and loving relationship with your child.
Bestselling author and supporter of our Get Dads Reading campaign James Patterson - also founding partner of Booktrust's Children's Reading Fund in association with his publisher Random House - talks to us about why it's so important for dads to read with children:
Whether you are a teacher, a librarian, a carer or a parent, you can help us mobilise the nation’s fathers and get dads reading. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to join our 'Dads Army' and help spread the word about the Get Dads Reading Campaign. Don't forget to tell us what you're doing using the hashtag #dadsreading.
HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall and James Patterson, launched the Get Dads Reading campaign with visit to a dads' reading group in the Royal Borough of Greenwich
Our online writer in residence Matt Haig writes about why it's so important for fathers to share stories with their children
Find out about our recommended books to share and enjoy together
Read our tips for reading with your child - from toddlers to teenagers