My daughter’s room
is for books not TV

Steve's baby daughter made amazing progress this week, or so his wife thought

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

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There are many so-called national days that come and go without anyone noticing. For example, did you know that last Saturday was World Thinking Day? No, I didn’t either, but luckily we all took part without even thinking about it.

On November 21 last year did you participate in World Hello Day?

Apparently it was observed by people in 180 countries with the aim of greeting 10 people during the day.

Once again, I was unaware of it, but probably took part without realising it.

There are other days that pass that probably fall into the ‘silly’ category.

For example on February 13 it was National Blame Someone Else Day.

In my house this is celebrated all year round by my two daughters.

‘Who spilt their juice all over the floor?’ I ask, and they both point at each other.

But there is one day that seems to pass us by that I will make an effort to observe and that is World Book Day which takes place this Thursday.

A quick search on the internet revealed that this day is more recognised than I thought and even has its own website.

The day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading.

According to the website, the main aim of World Book Day, which is now in its 17th year, is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

I really enjoy reading and my four-year-old daughter Caitlin does too.

I was recently asked by a friend of Caitlin’s why she didn’t have a television in her room. I explained that before Caitlin goes to bed she prefers to read.

A blank, confused face looked back at me.

I may be in the minority these days, but I think a child’s bedroom should be used for play, reading and winding down before bedtime.

I don’t think a television, probably used as a babysitter, has a place in there.

If I asked Caitlin if she wants a television in her room, she’d probably say ‘yes please’, but it’s not going to happen and where a television might sit is instead a shelf packed full of books for Caitlin to read.

There are so many good books out there for children. We are enjoying the See Inside series of books by Usborne Publishing, which gives your child the chance to explore and learn different subjects such as the sea, the human body and space.

For young children I highly recommend them and you might find, like I have, that you’ll learn something new too.

In advance I’ll wish you a happy World Book Day.