Reading for pleasure in decline

The number of children and young people who enjoy reading and read daily outside school is in decline, a new study has revealed.

Research published by the National Literacy Trust for World Book Day last week (March 7) found that just over half (52.5 per cent) of eight to 18-year-olds read for pleasure, compared to nearly 59 per cent in 2016. Only a quarter (25.7 per cent) read every day, compared to 43 per cent in 2015.

Previous academic studies have shown that reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success – more so than their family circumstances or their parents’ educational background and income.

With that in mind, Kirsten Grant, director of World Book Day, has urged parents and carers to spend 10 minutes a day sharing books with children.

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