Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tubridy promotes raising children by the book

Ryan Tubridy and four-year-old Jack Sullivan read books by Irish authors at the Kellogg's Storytime promotion launch yesterday
Ryan Tubridy and four-year-old Jack Sullivan read books by Irish authors at the Kellogg's Storytime promotion launch yesterday
Ken Sweeney

Ken Sweeney

HE is now the king of television after landing the coveted role as host of 'The Late Late Show'.

But Ryan Tubridy claims he gets more joy reading to his children than he does from reading the auto-cue.

"It's more my youngest daughter I read to because she wouldn't be in a position to read to herself. 'The Gruffalo', 'The Mister Men' and anything with a Disney princess, they seem to go down well," he told the Irish Independent.

But he said the biggest problem parents faced right now was getting children to spend their time with a good book, rather than computer games.

"Kids need to read. Looking at computer screens, it can't be healthy. I stress to any children I meet: 'If you get the books, you get the words, if you get the words, you get the brains and if you get the brains, you get the job'. I think there is a great culture of reading now with kids."

Speaking at the launch of the Kellogg's Rice Krispies Storytime promotion, the father-of-two said one of his favourite off-screen pleasures was sharing stories with his two young daughters.

Tampering

The broadcaster also called for an end to publishers tampering with vintage children's book to make them politically correct.

The 36-year old said he believed that stories by authors such as Enid Blyton should be left alone. "If you went back to all the great books and started rooting out all the things that aren't politically correct, you would be left with very thin books. So leave them alone. You're just tampering with history and attitudes. There's enough political correctness around in newspapers and books, they will have to start going back in 20 years' time and fill them back up with more interesting material," said Tubridy.

He said his respect for writers increased immensely since he began work on a book about US President John F Kennedy's visit to Ireland in 1963.

"It's a labour of love with the emphasis on labour. I started the book before I got 'The Late, Late Show' and am now stealing every hour to work on it. Thankfully it's taking shape but I am full of admiration for people who do this full time," he said.

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