Positive Childhood – Reading & Books

Welcome to the Positive Childhood Reading & Books page.

We're all a bit book-mad here at so it felt very natural to include Reading & Books as a topic in our Positive Childhood campaign.

(And in case you think we have forgotten Mums and Dads, why not join our Online Book Club for Parents)

What Parents Think

We did a mini survey of Mykidstime parents (who are obviously very enthusiastic about books!):

  • 87% of parents read to their child every day
  • 86% of parents read to their child at bedtime
  • Picture books are the most popular to read to your child, followed by fiction, non fiction and poetry.

One parent commented "Love how they try to guess what will happen in the story. Love spending those precious few minutes alone with each child."

Another said "They always learn something new and makes the bond closer between us as we often share a joke or discussion about what we are reading"

Why is this issue important?

Setting aside time to read aloud to children helps them to learn that reading is a pleasant experience, that reading is something that you care about, and that reading opens up a whole new world of fun and adventure. Reading Association of Ireland

The benefits of parental involvement extend beyond the realm of literacy and educational achievement. Studies show that children whose parents are involved show greater social and emotional development, National Literacy Trust UK

Young children whose parents read aloud to them have better language and literacy skills when they go to school,

Children's Author Cora Harrison examines how you can Support Your Child with Reading.

Related: 20 Tips to Support a Reluctant Reader and What to Do if Your Child is an Avid Reader

Lots of Booky Fun

There are lots of fun events taking place this month and we have some great competitions for you to enter as well to win booky prizes.


We have teamed up with MS READaTHON for a great competition!

Every book review that is submitted this year will be put into a draw to win a signed copy of Marisa Mackle’s wonderful new book ‘Lucy goes to Hollywood’ plus a goody bag filled with lots of other wonderful books!  And what’s more, the winner will be published on the website!!

Send your books reviews to and the lucky winner will be announced on Monday, 5th November. Get writing…We can't wait to read them!


Schools and libraries around the country have now received entry forms to sign up for the 25th MS READaTHON and the reading period will take place for one month from October 12th to November 12th 2012.

This year’s theme, depicted by a red monster, is ‘Hungry for Books’ – the more the young people get reading, the more books they will devour! MS READaTHON is the biggest annual fund raising initiative for MS Ireland the national organisation providing vital services, support and information for people with MS.

To get involved with the 2012 MS READaTHON, tel: 01 678 1600, email or visit or stop by and say hi on facebook

Other Great Competitions to Enter

Win a Signed Set of Amy Green books in our special competition to celebrate Sarah Webb's latest Amy Green book and her search for Young Editors

Win a copy of Secrets and Shadows, the new book by Brian Gallagher set against the backdrop of WWII, it is perfect for readers aged 10+

Children's Book Festival

It's Children's Book Festival month in October, with lots of great events around the country in libraries, bookshops and schools. 

As part of the Children’s Book Festival and kindly sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the Book Clinic is coming to locations throughout Dublin during the month of October.

Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your book shelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Well, the Book Doctors are on hand to help!

The Book Clinic is a drop-in facility for all families and features the Book Doctor as well as lots of fun activities and arts and crafts to keep young readers of all ages very busy!

CBI will be providing bookmarks and stickers as well as copies of our Recommended Reading Guide. We look forward to seeing you there!

  • 6 Oct 2012 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM at No Grants Gallery Temple Bar
  • 13 Oct 2012 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Powerscourt Town centre, you can also enjoy a family menu at the Pyg Cafe, complimentary children’s entertainment and why not drop into the Dolls Store & Museum to see their huge collection!
  • 20 Oct 2012 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM at National Print Museum
  • 27 Oct 2012 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM at Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum.  This particular Book Clinic is Hallowe’en themed so dress up in your scariest costume- the best dressed wins a prize!

For more information visit the Childrens Books Ireland website. is a new website developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency which aims to provide fun activities that parents can do with their children to improve their reading, writing and maths skills. 

It highlights the way children learn as part of their everyday lives and especially the positive things that children learn at home from their families.

It mixes the old with the new, from card games and hopscotch that help practice maths, to children’s e-books and apps for reading and pleasure.

Play is one of the most effective ways children learn and the site is packed full of fun activities that support children’s literacy and numeracy. It also helps parents, who are usually rushed off their feet, with lots of practical ideas they can build into their daily routine, milestones to look out for and useful tips.

Little Pages RTE Junior

Little Pages is a children’s book programme that airs twice per week on RTE Junior Radio. With such a huge market of children's books available today, it can often be an overwhelming and time-consuming task for parents to find the best books for their little ones, and Little Pages offers a short but informative introduction to new and classic books. The show aims to help parents and children in choosing high quality, enjoyable and well-written books for young readers aged five to twelve.

Each programme features one book, varying from classic to modern texts, including novels, poetry and picture books. The presenter, Gráinne Clear, and a child reviewer discuss the book and air their views on the story, characters, writing style and illustration. The show often contains a reading of a short section from the book, and the authors themselves occasionally appear for interviews and chats about their work.

With life and especially parenthood being fast-paced and chaotic at the best of times, this programme offers an easy and enjoyable way to find new and classic books for little ones with big imaginations.

The show airs twice per week, at 9am on Sunday mornings and again at 5pm on Friday.  Podcasts of each programme are also available.

What are your thoughts on reading and books for children?  Tell us in the comments below

Did you like this article? Sign up for our free newsletter and join us on facebook and follow us on Twitter

Tagged under