We face huge challenges in encouraging the rising generation to engage positively with reading. Society pays a big price if we get this wrong.
1 in 4 children cannot read well by the time they leave primary school (Save the Children, Read On. Get On.), September 2014
Children and young people who do not achieve expected levels of literacy are likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.
14% of children in lower income homes rarely or never read books for pleasure.
Only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children.
Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people. (National Literacy Trust, Reaching Out with Role Models, April 2009)
10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)
Reading for pleasure is more important for children's cognitive development than their parents' level of education. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)
It is vital that children enjoy reading - motivation is essential for acquiring literacy skills. Reading for pleasure is more important than either wealth or social class as an indicator of success at school. Information sited from readingagency.org