The worry is that as enjoyment of read declines with age, adult literacy rates will plummet. Britain has already fallen from 17th to 25th in the international league of reading standards and is behind countries such as Lichtenstein and Estonia. The study also found that one in ten children has never been to a bookshop or library.
National Literacy Trust Director, Jonathan Douglas, says: “Our new research shows that 1 in 6 children don’t read a book in a month, and we are worried that they will grow up to be the one in six adults who struggle with literacy to the extent that they read to the level expected of an eleven-year-old, or below. Getting these children reading and helping them to love reading is the way to turn their lives around and give them new opportunities and aspirations.”