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Half of children 'do not read novels outside school'

23rd August 2011

Half of UK children do not read books outside of the classroom, according to a new report that also highlights how many youngsters are more likely to read text messages, emails and website content than novels.

The report, carried out by the National Literacy Trust, shows that fewer than half of children aged between eight and 17 read at least one book a month outside of school, even though a third say they have as many as 50 books in their house.

However, half of children said they enjoyed reading a lot, with just one in ten saying they did not enjoy the activity at all.

Girls were more likely to read text messages, magazines and emails than boys, while their male classmates favoured newspapers and comics.

Trust director Jonathan Douglas said the challenge going forward is encouraging the one in six children who rarely read outside class, and the seven per cent who never do, to pick up more books and discover literature.

'Getting these children reading and helping them to love reading is the way to turn their lives around and give them new opportunities and aspirations,' he added.

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