Almost four million children in the
do not own a
book, according to a report by the National Literacy Trust. The proportion of
children without books is increasing, the charity said. It is now one in three,
compared with one in 10 in 2005. UK
The survey was carried out in September with school-aged children from 111 schools across the
. It suggested that a third
(33.2%) did not have books of their own. That translates to 3.8m children
The trust said that children who owned books were more likely than others to read every day, and that book ownership had a clear link with reading ability. Of the children and young people with books of their own, more than half read above the level expected for their age, with fewer than one in 10 reading below the level. By contrast, among those without books of their own, nearly a fifth were failing to meet the expected reading level, with only a third reading above that level.
But the survey also showed that reading any type of material, for example magazines, outside class at least once a month was also associated with greater reading attainment.
Trust director Jonathan Douglas said the steep rise in the number of children without their own books was of particular concern. He said: "We know there is a direct correlation between book ownership and children's reading abilities. With one in 6 in the
struggling with literacy it is
very worrying that many children could be missing out on opportunities to
develop these essential skills." UK