World Book Day finds children are put off reading for pleasure

News 12.03.2024

This World Book day, March 7, 2024, the Guardian reported on a survey of 1,000 7- to 14-year-olds in the UK – conducted by consultancy Beano Brain for the charity World Book Day* in January. The poll found that more than a third of children cannot choose what they want to read, and one in five feel judged for what they do read.

The charity reported, “The experience of feeling judged is impacting children right across the age group. Over one child in every 10 say they feel judged by their reading ability at school (15%) and at home (16%), while twice as many – one in five – feel judged by others on their reading choices, both at school (20%) and at home (18%), and quoted a child who had said, ”I didn’t tell my teacher that I didn’t like that book in case she thought it was a bit rude and told me off.”

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*World Book Day conducted research with funding from The Mercers’ Company, and partnered with Beano Brain, to speak directly to children aged 7-14 about their feelings around reading for pleasure. World Book Day is a charity sponsored by National Book Tokens.

Source: The Guardian

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