Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Why our children should be brought to book

Nearly a fifth of children say they’d be embarrassed to be seen reading a book.

Mind you, if the book was anything by Jeffrey Archer, I’d be right there with them. But it is a serious problem if increasing numbers of children say they’re not reading in their own leisure time.

Reading is closely linked to doing well at school. But it’s also one of the greatest pleasures in the world and I dread to imagine a world in 40 years time where enjoying a novel is a novelty among the population. Maybe if more time was spent in schools making sure that children know HOW to read, then all children would report enjoying reading.

What’s not to like about it? It’s the gateway to the world and beyond. It’s a shame on us if we’re the generation that allows that gateway to close.

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