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Reading for Pleasure

Why does reading for pleasure matter?

Children’s reading for pleasure matters commercially and it matters socially. For the publishing industry it is business-critical (without a desire to read there is no sustainable driver for consumers to buy books and magazines). Beyond the commercial imperative there is something far more significant: reading is important to children’s life chances, as well as their well-being, happiness and much more.

Reading for pleasure is not properly understood and is often confused or conflated with literacy. Reading for pleasure is reading for enjoyment, done of free choice, whereas literacy is the ability to read and write. Reading for pleasure feeds literacy because it is challenging to learn something if you don’t enjoy it!

Read our Reading for Pleasure Research in full in our PDF.