Peterborough dads and children share love of literature with Father’s Day photos

Kevin Tighe, chief executive of Vivacity, reading to his children Jamie and Lilly aged two-and-a-half.

Kevin Tighe, chief executive of Vivacity, reading to his children Jamie and Lilly aged two-and-a-half.

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The Peterborough Literacy Campaign teamed up with the Peterborough Phantoms ice hockey team for a Father’s Day competition which aims to encourage dads to read to their children.

Phantoms coach Slava Koulikov and team-mates called on families to send photographs or ‘selfies’ of dads reading to their children.

And many of you responded to the call by sending in your photos to the literacy campaign as shown in our photo gallery.

Those who are featured include Kevin Tighe (main picture), chief executive of Vivacity, reading to his children Jamie and Lilly aged two-and-a-half.

He said: “My little ones love this pirate book (borrowed from the library with their library card). They like the pirates and shout ‘arrr!’ when a pirate picture comes up and they love the scary sharks.  

“It’s not their favourite, that honour lies with Peter Rabbit, but pirates were the choice on this evening.”

In our gallery, there is: 1. Jason Buckman, of the Peterborough Phantoms, reading with his daughter, Gracie, aged eight.

He said: “One of my favourite books I’ve read to Gracie is ‘Charlie & Lola - I will not ever never, eat a tomato’.

“I like that it’s about a brother and sister caring for each other and also about healthy eating.”

2. Slava reading with daughter Danica (six) said: “We like the ‘Little Miss’ series. Story time in our house is when Danica and I get to spend some time together. Depending on the story this can be fun and giggles or cuddle time.”

3. Hiten Patel with his son Aaryan, aged two-and-a-half, said: “I have been reading to my son ever since he was born. Aaryan’s current favourites are ‘Hug Me’ by Simona Ciraolo, ‘I Want My Hat Back’ by Jon Klassen and anything about dinosaurs.”

4. Melwyn Azevedo reading with his daughter Olga, aged four.

5. Patrick Jauad reading with his son Christian, aged four.

6. David Robinson reading with four-year-old son William. He said: “Our favourite book to read is ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl.”

7. Luke Brackenbury reading to his son Dexter, aged four.

8. Phil Woodward reading to his daughter Caitin, aged eight. He said: “Caitlin’s latest favourite book is ‘Awful Auntie’ by David Walliams.”

Tips on reading together and recommended books can be found on the Peterborough Literacy Campaign website.