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Is it the end of the bedtime story?

Polls show that most parents don’t read to their children regularly.

By Kristin Wong Sep 6, 2013 3:38PM

Farewell, "Goodnight Moon" — the bedtime ritual of reading to children might be on its way out. According to recent research, few parents regularly read bedtime stories to their kids.

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A poll conducted by Harris Interactive found that only 33 percent of U.S. parents read bedtime stories with their children nightly. Fifty percent of parents say their children spend more time with TV or video games than with books.

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The results were similar in another poll from Australia. The Optus Literacy Study revealed that only one in four parents read a bedtime story to their child daily.

Literacy nonprofit Reading Is Fundamental commissioned the former study. The organization’s president stressed the importance of bedtime stories, saying they “build the foundation for future achievement.”

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Tell us — do you think nightly bedtime stories are important? Which bedtime story was your favorite as a kid?

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