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Family case studies

To date, families in a range of circumstances have taken part in Reading Force. Some were separated by deployment using Reading Force to keep the family at home occupied and as a way of staying in touch. Other Service families who were not separated have used the scheme simply to do an activity together at home, and to communicate about books.  Read their stories to find out how they got on...

"We tell our Dad about our books wh…

"We tell our Dad about our books when he's away"

The Fleming family have done Reading Force several times, reading their books, talking about them with each other, and filling scrapbooks. Dad is in the Army and away during the week at a different Army camp. This year, sisters Honey (8), Brooke (11), and Poppy (14) each sent off the ‘free book postcard’ in their scrapbooks and received books they...

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"Reading Force has very much helped…

"Reading Force has very much helped my children get through this very long deployment"

We need to talk about Mr Stink! Nicky has been a military wife for 17 years and has three daughters aged 3, 5 and 7. Her husband, Dan, is in the Royal Navy and is deployed for long stretches of time. He has been away from home for most of the last two years, on HMS Portland. When their oldest daughter,...

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"A fantastic way to connect with fa…

"A fantastic way to connect with family.. who are a long way away"

“We are the Donohoe Family, Dad Tom, Mum Fiona and Georgia who's eight. We've always read to Georgia from the time she was a tiny baby and now she has a love of books all of her own. Dad was in the army up to a year ago, and although he is not away for the long stretches he often...

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"The scrapbook was a great motivato…

"The scrapbook was a great motivator, thank you"

The Bryson family were living in Germany when they first took part in Reading Force. Jasmine chose Daisy and the Trouble with Life by Kes Gray as her first Reading Force book. Her mum set up a Facebook page so Jasmine could communicate with her family members living in different countries – including England, the Falkland Islands, America, Norway, Spain, and...

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“Reading together when we can has helped…

“Reading together when we can has helped with continuity.”

Key to the Reed’s experience was reading the same book as a basis for communication and to stay bonded. Jim Reed was deployed overseas for seven months. His wife, Katherine, and their two children read Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney while he was away, and read with Jim over Skype. The family used several methods to communicate...

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"Dad had to go to Afghanistan befor…

"Dad had to go to Afghanistan before we could finish it..."

Michael Edmonds is in the RAF. He was at home with his family when Reading Force 2012 launched, and his two daughters decided the family would read Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Before they had finished the book Michael was posted to Afghanistan. They read the last part of the book together over Skype. The sisters said "It...

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"Best father/daughter experiences w…

"Best father/daughter experiences we’ve done together."

This case study is about the Taylor Family and shares the positive impact Reading Force has had on the relationship between Dad, Michael Taylor and his daughter Katie.  Discover how sharing a book gave this Service Family a common ground and became a catalyst to having good conversations and continuing to build their  relationship when Michael was working on Operation Olympics......

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“We switched the TV off and sat together…

“We switched the TV off and sat together reading the book...”

The Horsley-Menendez family embraced the chance to read together. David was in the Navy for seventeen years and now works for the Ministry of Defence. With his children, Noelia and Alexander, and wife/mum Inma, the family read Lizzy Zipmouth by Jacqueline Wilson. Each member of the family took turns to read aloud, with David helping Alexander, who is five.  Inma wrote...

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“This book is a great way to escape from…

“This book is a great way to escape from your own real life drama.”

Every family’s experience of Reading Force is unique, but the Morgans’ journey stands out. Angela Morgan and her daughter Amie read The Beach Café by Lucy Diamond. Their completed scrapbook documents how Angela Morgan was diagnosed with breast cancer once they had started Reading Force. Having initially found the book hard to get into, Angela took the book with her...

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