Saturday, 28 March 2015

43% of Irish parents would like to spend more time reading with their children

Ireland is known as a nation of saints and scholars, but according to a recent survey of over 4,700 Irish parents undertaken by Bord Gáis Energy Book Club we are also a nation of books and reading enthusiasts – especially when our little ones are around!

  According to the survey, 47%[1] of Irish parents mostly read to their children before bedtime however 43% would like to spend more time doing this.

  When asked what kind of books they read, nursery rhymes were first in line followed by funny stories, adventure stories, fantasies and science fiction.

   When it comes to children’s books, the print book is standing strong, with 98% of respondents preferring to read with printed books – an encouraging result for authors, libraries and publishers alike.

  In another encouraging statistic, the top three sources of information on children’s books are bookshops (64%), online sources (57%) and libraries (44%).

  These sources are consulted often as 63% of parents give books as gifts regularly to their children.

  To find out what each library event has to offer or download any of the ReadTogether packs, posters and tips for parents visit

Issue dated: 29 June 2012
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