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Thursday, 21st May 2015

UK: Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2014

Source: National Literacy Trust (UK)

From Press Release:

In their fifth annual survey of 32,000 children and young people aged between eight and 18, published to coincide with the start of the Hay Festival, the National Literacy Trust found enjoyment of reading and frequency of reading are both at their highest levels for nine years. This follows a series of major campaigns and initiatives including Bookstart, the Summer Reading Challenge, the Young Readers Programme and National Literacy Trust Hubs, which have combined with the advocacy of a succession of powerful Children’s Laureates to create momentum to encourage children to read more from a young age.

Children and young people who read daily outside class are five times more likely to read above the expected level for their age compared with young people who never read outside class.

Key findings from the research, Children’s and Young People’s Reading in 2014, are:

Levels of reading enjoyment continue to improve. 54.4% of children and young people enjoy reading either very much or quite a lot. 35.5% only enjoy reading a bit and 10% do not enjoy reading at all.

Levels of daily reading also continue to increase – dramatically. Between 2013 and 2014 there was a 28.6% increase in the number of children and young people who read daily outside class, rising from 32.2% in 2013 to 41.1% in 2014.

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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.

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