Get Dads Reading

Get Dads Reading

This Book Trust campaign encouraged 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.


Reasons to make Time to Read

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 the Get Dads Reading campaign James Patterson told us 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 and help spread the word about Get Dads Reading.

The magic trick of sharing stories

Revisit Matt Haig's blog about why it's so important for fathers to share stories with their children

Great books to share

Find out about our recommended books to share and enjoy together

Tips for reading together

Read our tips for reading with your child - from toddlers to teenagers

Dads' reading groups

This map shows dads' reading groups held at libraries and children's centres. If you know of a group that isn't on the map, please email