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The Reads and the Read-Nots
New National Literacy Trust research of 18,141 children reveals a polarised nation of young readers with one in six reporting that they don't read a single book in a month, while one in 10 say they read more than 10 books in a month.
This divide between the 'reads and the read-nots' is concerning because the research shows reading frequency has a direct link to attainment, as eight in 10 children who read over 10 books a month are above average readers compared with just three in 10 of those who rarely read.
Fresh approaches are urgently needed to encourage young people to read more. However, the number of children who never read a book suggests the government has a huge challenge on its hands if Michael Gove's 50 books a year initiative is to reach every child.
The research also found that:
- 77 per cent of children who read for longer than an hour at a time are above average readers, while just 4 per cent who read for over an hour are below the level expected of them.
- Only 30 per cent of children who read for up to 10 minutes at a time are above average readers, with 20 per cent below the reading expected level for their age.
- Text messages are the most popular thing for children to read outside of class with 60 per cent saying they read texts outside of class at least once a month.
- Children who read text messages but not fiction books are twice as likely to be below average readers compared to those who also read fiction (10 per cent versus 5 per cent).
Read the full report on the Literacy Trust website.