In my book, par­ents are to blame if their kids don’t read

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

AP­PAR­ENTLY, 27,000 chil­dren liv­ing in Manch­ester don’t own a book (M.E.N. De­cem­ber 3).

Putting li­braries out of the equa­tion, this is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the par­ents.

You will hear the cry ‘we can’t af­ford books,’ they are as cheap as chips, es­pe­cially in char­ity shops and in one par­tic­u­lar out­let, where chil­drens books take up half of the store.

As a child, my par­ents read me a bed­time story ev­ery night.

Books were seen as es­sen­tial for lit­er­acy and charg­ing up the imag­i­na­tion.

A lot of par­ents now rely on tech­nol­ogy to look af­ter their chil­dren.

I be­lieve also that young chil­dren now have very poor com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, as par­ents are too en­gaged in their smart­phone to con­verse with their chil­dren. Ms J Evans, Manch­ester

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