Literacy fears as four million children don’t own a single book
- Almost four million children in the UK do not own a book
- number of children growing up without books is rising, with poorer youngsters more likely to miss out.
- The latest report by the National Literacy Trust, based on a survey of 18,000 youngsters, reveals a third – 3.8million – do not have books of their own.
- boys are more likely to be without books than girls
- children eligible for free school meals – are more likely to not own a book.
- 7.6 per cent of pupils who have books of their own are reading below the expected level
- 75% of children who read nine or more books a month read above the level expected of them, compared with 28.6% of those who read no books in a month.