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The saddest type of bedtime story

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I was in London yesterday for a job interview. It was the first time in years that I’d dashed in on an early train, fought for a seat, pushed through crowds of people, and refused to maintain eye contact longer than a second with another human being.

It confirmed that I don’t want to do that every day but obviously many people either choose to do so or have to. Proof was a an advert on the Underground which tried to console parents that, if they regularly missed bedtime stories because of work, at least they could make a financial difference.

Admittedly it made me feel rather sad. Not in a judgemental ‘why aren’t you reading to your child?’ sort of way, but I could imagine exhausted parents sitting on the Tube, knowing that they had missed their child’s bedtime and perhaps feeling guilty or sad or angry – or maybe relieved, who knows? And then seeing that sign and realising that their contribution to their child’s upbringing was boiled down to pounds in a savings account. It was saying ‘Well, you were never there for bedtime but at least you’re good for a few quid’.

This isn’t a post that is meant to judge – far from it. I just feel thankful that, although we don’t earn enough to pay for expensive holidays or contribute massively towards a nest egg for Holly, we can at least share a book at bedtime. It might be a short-term gain for all of us but it’s something that we look forward to every day.



Childtastic Books started out as a collaborative blog, written by me and my young daughter Holly. Now she's nearly a teen, she's off doing exciting and new things but I am still here, reading, writing and reviewing books for children and young adults of all ages. I miss her input but I hope she will pop in from time to time to do some guest posts! A little about me - I have just finished an MA in Children's Literature from the University of Roehampton (result pending, eeek) and am a part-time primary school librarian. The other part of my time is spent writing and editing, my own work and others, and I am waiting for my first non-fiction book to be published - a teacher resources pack for Handa's Surprise. I welcome comments and love to hear from visitors to this blog. Please note though that, because of time constraints, it is rare that I can read and review books from self-published authors. I receive so many requests and feel badly about not being able to keep up with them all. Thanks for visiting! Sam

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