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Friday, 7th September 2012

UK: Children’s Reading Today

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

From the Introduction:

In 2005 we found that four young people in 10 read daily outside of class. This research carried out at the end of 2011 found that only three young people in 10 now read daily in their own time. However, the number of children who enjoy reading very much or quite a lot has remained static since 2005 (50% today vs 51% in 2005). These findings together suggest a clear issue with children’s leisure time with many children enjoying reading but pushing it out in favour of other activities. The research found that:

• More than a fifth of children (22%) rarely or never read in their own time

• More than half (54%) prefer watching TV to reading

• Nearly a fifth (17%) would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading

• 77% of children read magazines in 2005 now just 57% do, comic reading has dropped from 64% to 50%, reading on websites from 64% to 50%

We believe it is essential to make the time for children to read as the research also shows a clear link between reading outside of class and children’s achievement. It found that young people who read outside of class daily were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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