AT THE moment, Dr Seuss is on high-rotation in the Kruger household.

A bit of Hairy Maclary or something from Thomas the Tank Engine helps to break the routine.

Reading is a big part of Anita Kruger's life and has been something she has passed onto her boys, five-month-old Nicholas and two-and-a-half year old William

"We have been reading to William almost every night since he was old enough to sit and listen," Anita said.

Unfortunately, the Kruger family is in the minority with research from the Optus Literacy Study revealing only one in four parents read a bedtime story to their child daily.

Making dinner and doing housework, work commitments and exhaustion all interfere with nightly tales, according to the study.

Toowoomba library assistant Angela Morgan said reading to children went beyond improving literacy.

"It is also about brain development and exposure to new things," Ms Morgan said.

"It's about listening and engaging, and experiencing the joy of learning before they get into a school environment."

We asked are our online readers: Do you think reading is an important part of raising children?

  • June Forster: It is one of the most important rituals in a child's life. Good for parents and grandparents too!
  • Kylie Crothers: I am a stay at home mum and have two children ages three and two. I read throughout the day but not before bedtime. This is as we made the decision when our children were born that they would have a set sleep routine which didn't have any sleep aids etc
  • Helena Rittmeyer: No matter how busy you are if you can't find a few minutes of your time to read to your children each night I think that is sad. Kids grow up quickly.
  • Wendy Whitehouse: It's a great way for both parents and children to unwind. My kids had their favourite books and I used to get to know them off by heart..lol. Great memories:)
  • Stacey Higlett: I have never read a book to my two year old and he's growing up fine! Besides, he can't sit still long enough to get interested in one.


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