Posted on 05/02/2014
The former Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, has said that the value of parents reading to their children is priceless, as National Storytelling Week is celebrated across the country this week.
“Stories give us ourselves, and at the same time give us the world,” said Sir Andrew, Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University, as he explained the enormous self-growth and personal development that can be gained by children developing an early love of stories and reading.
Professor Motion, who held the Poet Laureate title between 1999 and 2009 and has authored novels including the recent ‘Silver’, said that the magic that stories can bring is a fantastic gift for children and one that can only be enhanced by parents delivering the experience themselves.
He added: “To have storytelling gift wrapped as only a parent can wrap it, by reading to their child, makes it priceless.”