ALMOST one in five parents never read to their children.
Time pressures were blamed as a major factor in a new survey exploring the nation's reading habits.
Four in five people revealed they were encouraged to read by their parents, whilst 69pc were read to as a child.
More than half of parents of young children have been left feeling guilty about not having enough time to read to read stories to their offspring, the survey carried out by Amarach Research on behalf of the get into reading campaign led by book chain Easons.
Child psychologist, Dr John Sharry, said a daily reading time with children was "the single most important connection" between parents and child.
Author Cathy Kelly said she could see the "enormous difference"
reading has meant to her nine year old twin sons in terms of improving their reading and writing.
Journalist: Louise Hogan