Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s a great time to reflect on the relationships we have with our kids. We asked three of our bestselling Penguin authors – Tristan Bancks, Josh Pyke and Andrew Daddo – why they love reading aloud to their children.
‘My sons are 14 and 16. One’s a voracious reader. The other loves audiobooks and being read to. When they were little, the best time of the day for me was reading them books before bed. They were (mostly) calm, happy and quiet! It was a good way for us all to repair after the hurly-burly of the day. It’s the best job a dad can have in the family.’ – Tristan Bancks, author of Detention, Two Wolves and Nit Boy.
‘Apart from the myriad scientifically proven benefits of dads reading to their kids, it’s also a beautiful way to engage in creativity with your child, together, as a team. Not as a parent telling or encouraging their kids to read, but actually being there inside the story with them, sharing that imaginative space like bears in a safe, warm cave.’ – Josh Pyke, author of Lights Out, Leonard and A Banana is a Banana.
‘We all know in our hearts how good it is for fathers to read to their kids – maybe best of all, its sharing some peaceful time up close and together: Sneak in a cuddle and some accents and a bit of reminiscing as well. The story is a bonus.’ – Andrew Daddo, author of Atticus Van Tasticus, Stuff Happens and Just Breathe.
Celebrate the father-figure in your life with a fun book from our Father’s Day 2020 book list such as My Dad is Fantastic by Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake or Bluey: My Dad is Awesome . . . OR give him a not-so-subtle hint with My Dad Snores by John Williamson and Peter Carnavas. Find any of these Puffin picks at your local bookstore.