An interesting infographic sourced from https://electricliterature.com/infographic-how-the-world-reads-1de1543b163c#.lpo6rqbo0
In light of the widely acknowledged benefits of recreational reading, in 2012 the West Australian Study in Adolescent Book Reading (WASABR) attempted to uncover the most effective ways that social influences can support teenagers to read for pleasure. Some of the key findings from the study can be found here.
In the UK, children’s laureate Chris Riddell, with the support of all eight former laureates including Quentin Blake and Julia Donaldson, has sent an amazing letter to the Department of Education to address current policy that has led to hundreds of school libraries losing a dedicated librarian over the last decade. To see this beautiful letter, click here.
Dr Alice Sullivan talks about her UK research exploring the benefits of recreational reading for cognition.
She explains “Of the 17,000 members, 6,000 took a range of cognitive tests at age 16. We compared children from the same social backgrounds who achieved similar tested abilities at ages five and 10, and discovered that those who frequently read books at age 10 and more than once a week when they were 16 had higher test results than those who read less. In other words, reading for pleasure was linked to greater intellectual progress, both in vocabulary, spelling and mathematics. In fact, the impact was around four times greater than that of having a parent with a post-secondary degree.”
You can read more about her research here.