More than a couple of parents are relying on Alexa and other apps to tell their children a bedtime story so they do not have to, research suggests.

Charity BookTrust surveyed 1,000 children with children under 10 to find out whether or not they are reading a book.

Only 28% said they simply felt "too busy".

Many parents say they do not have the time or energy to read their children a bedtime story
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Many parents say they do not have the time or energy to read their children a bedtime story

Twenty-six-percent of parents have tried to use home assistants like Alexa to take on the role of bedtime storyteller, and more than half using a phone or tablet app on YouTube.

While 83% of parents said they were reading a book, they were reading a book.

Francesca Simon, the best-selling author of the Horrid Henry series, said, "I think it's dismaying because when I first saw these results, that 25% of parents subcontract their bedtime stories to tech, I was reminded of those science experiments where monkeys were given a wire-covered mother.

But it's just not a substitute for parents, I think people are really missing the point of what this is all about.

It's because they're tired and they don '' I do not buy the 'I am busy'. There is an element of laziness, but I do not really get it because it is just so important. "

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Alexa and other home assistants are tasked with reading stories

BookTrust director Gemma Malley warned that swapping books for technology "can have profound consequences" for children and urgent parents to celebrate nationwide pajama on 7 June.

It asks Britons to donate all the books have to be read to make the most of the bedtime story.