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3.8 million children in the UK do not own a book

5 Dec 2011

Our new report reveals that the number of children who do not own a book is increasing. Seven years ago 1 child in 10 did not have a book of their own while today the figure stands at a startling 1 child in 3. We are responding to the findings by launching our Christmas Gift of Reading fundraising appeal.

The decline in children’s book ownership is of particular concern as the report shows that the number of books in the home is directly linked to children’s reading levels. Of those who have books of their own, more than half are above average readers while a third read at the expected level. The research also found that children and young people who read a book a week or more are more likely to enjoy reading and to do better at school.

In light of these findings we are asking the public to give the Gift of Reading this Christmas by making a donation which could give a disadvantaged child a book of their own for the first time.You can buy the ‘gift’ for yourself or give the unique present to the booklover in your life. Those giving the Gift of Reading will be able to choose an exclusive Christmas card designed by a children’s author.

Find out more about the appeal and give the Gift of Reading.

Read the report.

Tags: Communities and local areas, Fundraising and support, NLT Campaigns, Schools & teaching, Young Readers Programme

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