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Joy story: Raising a bookworm in a world filled with screens

Yvonne Hogan


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Yvonne Hogan at home with her daughter Ava (7) and some of her books. Photo: Frank McGrath

Yvonne Hogan at home with her daughter Ava (7) and some of her books. Photo: Frank McGrath

Yvonne Hogan at home with her daughter Ava (7) and some of her books. Photo: Frank McGrath

As a mum, few things give me as much pleasure as seeing my seven-year-old with her head stuck in a book.

Ava is an avid reader, sneaking out of bed to turn on the light and read after bedtime, always with more than one book on the go. It is something I have tried to cultivate since she was a small baby - I read to her from the age of about five months and as soon as she was able to move around, she would find a book and bring it in her chubby fist to whatever adult was closest and demand to be read to.

Today, children around the country are celebrating World Book Day, with many heading in to their primary schools dressed up as their favourite book character. But sadly, according to new UK research commissioned to mark the occasion, children are reading less and less as each year passes.