I’m passionate about reading with and to my children and not for altruistic reasons! Once they’ve learned to read, the whole world opens up to them – such as reading the instructions on a make-it-yourself toy or how-to-play-a-computer-game. The more they can read, the less I have to help them. Cue pub time.
But as many of us know, it is notoriously difficult to get boys, especially, to read. And even more difficult to get dads – especially those with proper, stressful, hard-day-at-the-office jobs – to find the time, let alone the inclination, to read with their children.
Well, I’ve got a solution – one that will flatter the dads, engage the kids, and become a family heirloom. A perfect present for Father’s Day, in fact.
Five of my readers can win a Love2Read personalised Father’s Day book, plus everyone gets a 20 per cent discount.
I’ve written about Caroline Edwards’ Love2Read business before, when I trialled this gift for Mother’s Day. I’m still basking in the adulation received from my wife, stacking enough Pink Tickets to spend more time than is healthy in the pub.
Now the mums amongst you who read this blog can benefit too (and dads – just subtly show this post to your Other Half).
Dads will love being the star of the bedtime story, so Love2Read has come up with the perfect Father’s Day gift in the form of a unique, personalised book. Its range of books can be personalised by adding ten photos and text to the pages e.g. “My dad plays golf”, “My dad likes cars” or “My dad loves me”.
All you have to do is upload 10 suitable photographs of Dad or Grandpa into a virtual book at www.love2read.co.uk and add some simple text. Your book will be printed and sent to your home address within 10 days. Titles include: My daddy…, Our dad…and My grandad…
The books are themed around National Curriculum keywords and are designed to stimulate the child’s interest in books so that they really want to read. No software is needed, the website is easy to use and you can even save your book as you go along if you need to come back to it later.
I’ve teamed up with Love2Read to offer five of my readers the chance to win a fantastic bespoke Father’s Day book plus a 20 per cent discount on what I reckon is a perfect Father’s Day gift.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is add your funniest anecdote about your dad (or the father of your kids) in the comment box below.
If you don’t want to enter, you can still get a 20 per cent discount by typing in the promotional code CRHD2012 on the Love2Read website.
It’s valid until June 11, which is the last day for orders to ensure they arrive in time for Father’s Day.
For further information and to see the range of books on offer please visit their website at: www.love2read.co.uk .You can also find love2read on Twitter and Facebook
• Closing date for comment entries is this Friday, June 8, to give you time to create your personalised Father’s Day book in time to receive it for the Big Day.