Reading for pleasure can improve a child’s performance at school.

The University of London’s Institute of Education Children has released a study showing that:

Children who read for pleasure are likely to do significantly better at school than their peers, according to new research from the Institute of Education (IOE).

Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown conducted the research, analyzing the reading behaviour of approximately 6,000 young people being followed by the 1970 British Cohort Study. “They looked at how often the teenagers read during childhood and their test results in maths, vocabulary and spelling at ages 5, 10 and 16.”

Apparently, the ages of 10 and 16 are the most important for cognitive development when it comes to reading for pleasure. Also, children who were read to regularly at the age of 5 performed better than teenagers (age 16) who were not read to.

Studies like these are encouraging for teachers and librarians. Particularly with September being National Library Card Month. What better incentive to sign you little one up for a library card than to encourage and foster a love of reading that will benefit them in so many ways.


Social inequalities in cognitive scores at age 16: The role of reading’, by Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown, is the latest paper to be published in the CLS Working Paper Series.

One response to “Reading for pleasure can improve a child’s performance at school.

  1. Such encouraging news!

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