01 March 2021 Share
Leading reading and education charities unite with World Book Day to provide the first comprehensive picture of reading during lockdown, taking in the perspectives of parents, teachers and young people.
The World Book Day charity has brought together the UK’s leading reading and educational charities – BookTrust, CLPE, National Literacy Trust, and The Reading Agency – along with children’s publisher Egmont and Nielsen Books, in a collaboration to provide insights into 2020’s impact on reading for pleasure and children’s life chances.
Similarly to The Open University’s recent research, which found that reading for pleasure was the most popular lockdown pastime for adults, the World Book Day charity have found that many children, along with their parents, embraced reading at the beginning of the pandemic. The research found books to have been a valuable resource in supporting children’s wellbeing during these challenging times, providing emotional support as well as developing literacy skills.
However, whilst the pandemic has seen a positive impact on reading, it has also highlighted major concerns. Access to books remains an issue for many and, one year into the pandemic, reading seems to now be on the decline.