- Parents in England and Northern Ireland are spending more time reading to their children for pleasure
- parents spent an average of one hour and 26 minutes a week reading with their children in 2011, up from one hour 18 minutes in 2009.
- (71%) reading with their child is one of the highlights of their day.
- More than a third (36%) of the 1,011 survey participants said they were too tired to spend longer reading.
- 60% of parents and carers of children aged four to six read daily with their child for fun, getting through an average of 46 books per child per year.
- 51% read daily for school or educational purposes.
- parents valued being read to when they were a child, with 64% saying this was a treasured childhood memory.
- 23% of today’s parents said they were read to on a daily basis as a child, compared to the 60% who say they now read for pleasure with their child every day.
- 98% of teachers questioned said they are either very or quite concerned that reading for pleasure does not take place often enough in some homes.
- This year the scheme will see 1.38 million free books given to reception-age children in England.