I could run my own library

STEVE CANAVAN: It was a lot of rattle over just a little roll

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I read that fewer children across the UK are reading books in their own time and that one in five are embarrassed to be caught with a book.

Personally, I love to get lost in a book and it seems my children do too.

We have so many books in our house I could run my own library specialising in reading for the under-fives.

After bathtime, the bedtime routine always includes a book and my daughters are sent to choose a book from the bookshelf.

This is when a squabble usually occurs, mostly over who gets the big Disney Princesses book.

But once an agreement has been made and books have been selected, they are tucked up in bed for some quiet reading – or, in the case of three-year-old Alyssa, looking at all the pictures.

The thing is, they never seem to get to the end of the book.

Why? Well, that’s because when I check on them a few minutes later they have drifted off into the land of nod with the book still gripped in their hands.