Switch Off Your TV and Do Something Less Boring Instead

The Works recently wrote to me to offer Grace and I a book to help encourage us to ‘switch off your TV and get reading instead’. We had no hesitation whatsoever in saying yes to this! Our family is one of book-lovers and we all enjoy a good read. So when our Disney’s 365 Stories for Girls arrived on Friday, it couldn’t have been more timely.

With the huge fall of snow outside, one of my biggest concerns is that Grace will sit inside in front of the TV and, I will be in front of my computer all day! I’m glad to say that this didn’t happen for the most part. Grace brought down a selection of books from her room and we included this wonderful Disney book in the pile we had.

It is full of stories, one for each date of the year. Of course, we had missed a few so it gave us the chance to go back a bit.  There are stories about Lilo and Stitch, Princess and the Frog and Rapunzel to name but a few. Our favourite so far is how Tinkerbell was born. Grace also mentions the book in my first vlog.

Purchasing books helps save money on expensive gadgets, as well as promoting intelligence and imagination in young children. The Works have interviewed professionals, including children’s literacy expert, Dr Sandra Williams as well as the Literacy Trust, to help establish the benefits of reading.

Dr Sandra Williams said: “Reading a book, together with the tactile turning of the page is pleasurable and a good picture book has qualities that may not be found in electronic media.  What is important is the construction of the child and many good quality picture books invite active participation and involvement.  Significantly the authors/illustrators leave gaps for the readers to fill. There is a tension between text and picture which invites consideration.”

I have recently asked Grace what she likes about us reading the books without pictures, such as Harry Potter and the David Walliams books which are her favourites at the moment. She told me that it helps her to think in her head for herself what might be happening and what people might look like in real life. It just goes to show what a huge promoter of imagination books really are.

One of the main fears is that books may disappear from our shelves altogether.

Conal Presho, Head of Development at the National Literacy Trust, agrees: “Only time will tell if print books will be excluded from children’s reading altogether, although it seems unlikely…there is an inherent value in a book as a physical item, particularly when given as a present. We are also very aware that print books are currently much more accessible to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and printed books can be more easily shared or passed on from child to child.”

The Disney 365 Stories for girls is just one of many books available from The Works. To see more of their children’s range, have a look here where prices start from as little as 99p!

Ross and I intend to continue to read to Grace at bedtime until she gets to the stage where she can go to bed and read a great book for herself. I, for one, am all for the feeling of turning that page in a book to discover the next twist, plot or moment over some reality rubbish on TV. I hope that Grace’s generation keep that feeling with them too.

To help with the promotion of reading why not have a look at my great giveaway, open until 30th January 2013

Full Disclosure: We were sent a free book from The Works. All opinions, images and text are my own, save for the quotes from the specialists which were provided to me for the purpose of this post.




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