Shane Hegarty: Brought to book by my children’s changing habits

Consuming books together is only half the story when it comes to keeping kids interested in reading

11th October, 2020
Shane Hegarty: Brought to book by my children’s changing habits
Shane Hegarty, author: ‘While I worry about my children’s reading, I’m in my own constant fight with the universe of distractions beyond a printed page.’ Photo: Bryan Meade

My youngest children have discovered reading. Reading on their own. Grabbing books to thumb, dog-ear, read and re-read, get bored of, obsess over. Seven-year-old twin girls, they lie in their respective bunks reading under the warm glow of their Star Wars and My Little Pony lamps until it’s lights out and they switch to squinting at the words through the dim light leaking in from the hallway.

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