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Parents are urged to keep reading with their children

Too many parents stop reading each day with their child once they reach the age of seven, according to research for Oxford University Press.

Some 44% of 1,000 parents of 6-11 year olds polled said they rarely or never read with their child after their seventh birthday.

The report draws on research from the National Literacy Trust which suggested that young people who read outside class were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.

It also follows a study from London's Institute of Education published last week which suggested that children who read for pleasure are likely to be better at both Maths and English than those who rarely read in their free time.

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Read tips for parents on the World Book Day site - Books Beyond Bedtime