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Fewer children reading in spare time, research suggests

Fewer children across the UK are reading in their own time and one in five is embarrassed to be caught with a book, a survey suggests.

Just over a quarter of 35,000 children from 188 schools told the National Literacy Trust that they read outside of school compared to one in three children in 2005.

According to report author Christina Clark, from the National Literacy Trust:

  • young people who enjoyed reading very much were four times as likely to read above the level expected for their age compared with those who did not enjoy reading at all
  • those who read outside of class every day were five times as likely to read above the expected level compared with those who never did
  • children who do not think "reading is cool" were four times more likely to be below-average readers.

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