Monthly Archives: May 2019

Parent-child reading format

Technology has replaced books at bedtime, with more than a quarter of parents trying to use home assistants, apps and voice notes to tell their child a story in the evening, research suggests.

A study commissioned by children’s reading charity BookTrust indicates a growing reliance on digital storytelling.

The survey of 1,000 parents with children aged 10 or under found that, while almost half (49%) said they aim to share a story with their youngsters every night, only 28% manage to do so.

It is just not a substitute for parents reading to their kids

Author Francesca Simon

Three in 10 (31%) say work or commuting stops them getting home in time, while one in five simply feel “too busy”.

One in four (26%) UK parents said they had tried to use tech such as virtual assistants for bedtime stories.

However 83% of parents said they generally use print books.

Conducted by Fly Research, the poll suggests technology is picking up the slack.

Sixty-five percent of parents admit giving their children time on a smartphone, tablet, YouTube or in front of the TV, instead of sharing a bedtime story.

For parents who do read stories with their child at night, tech is now a part of that routine.

More than half (53%) say they would choose to use a smartphone, tablet, app or YouTube for the task.

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Changes in Canadian children’s books

The following article discusses how Canadian children’s books have changed in recent years:

Dutch Reading Association

The Dutch Reading Foundation (via website Reading Monitor (Leesmonitor in Dutch)) publishes the most important results of scientific research on reading promotion. Since 2018, they have provided an English version of the website. You can visit the website via the following address: The website contains information on seven different topics that are relevant for reading promotors:


The effects of reading aloud,

The effects of free-time reading,

Reading education by teachers,

Differences between boys and girls,


Best regards,

Gerlien van Dalen, President Dutch Reading Foundation

Reading Lists

Each year, thousands of children, young adults, and educators around the United States select their favorite recently published books for the Choices reading lists. These lists are used in classrooms, libraries, and homes to help readers of all ages find books they will enjoy. The annotated lists for the current year are posted online, aligning with Children’s Book Week, and are available for free download. Click individual Choices projects for details, including the team leader application form for ILA members, and find our combined booklets for all three Choices reading lists below.