More than 380,000 UK children don’t own a single book: National Literary Trust
In the UK, research from the National Literary Trust (NLT) has found more than 380,000 children don’t own a single book, reports the Bookseller.
The research found children who own books are six times more likely to read above their age level, and about three times more likely to enjoy reading. Disadvantaged children are more likely than their peers to not own a book, at 9.3% compared to six percent—although this gap has halved compared to six years ago, when there was a 6.1 percentage point gap between the two groups.
The findings are based on a survey of almost 57,000 children and young people aged 9–18. The results were published to coincide with the NLT’s Christmas donation drive.