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Campaign begins to get dads reading

A special train journey has been organised to try to get dads reading books with their children.

Campaign to get dads reading with kids

The Storytelling Express runs from Leeds to Nottingham with a children's author reading to inspire dads on board to pick up the bedtime story duties.

A survey found that just one in eight dads across the country take the lead on storytelling and in Leeds 71 per cent of dads admit to lacking confidence in reading aloud.

Video: Concern over children's reading ability

There is growing concern over the number of children in our region who have the lowest abilities in the country when it comes to reading, writing and arithmetic.

One in seven children in the Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire area are failing to meet the minimum standards of reading at the age of seven according to Save the Children. But teachers say the figures are misleading. Michael Billington reports.


Region's 7-year-olds are weakest readers in UK

Our region's 7-year-olds are the weakest readers and writers in the country according to Save the Children.

Yorkshire has the highest per centage of pupils failing to meet the expected level for reading at age 7. Now the children's charity is warning that being behind at reading at such a young age could damage their future prospects.

But teachers in our region believe that the Save the Children report is misleading.Calendar spoke to primary school teacher Nicola Roth.

Soap star backs reading camapign

Coronation Street actress Helen Worth backs reading campaign Credit: ITV Granada

Leeds-born Coronation Street star Helen Worth is backing a scheme to improve reading levels among children from the poorest households in the region.

Twenty per cent of seven-year-olds living in poverty in the calendar region fall short of their expected reading levels, according to a new report.

Save the Children revealed more than 4 thousand poor children in the region are behind in their reading.

The charity is launching a "Born to Read" campaign to encourage children to read and this has been backed by actress Helen, who plays Gail Platt.