During Lockdown, Kids Have Been Reading Longer and More Difficult Books

Literacy skills have improved in the pandemic, with children reportedly picking up more challenging books and getting lost in fiction to combat isolation, a study from the UK has shown.

With schools often closed, many more pupils began to enjoy reading again. During the first British lockdown, “One of Us is Lying” (Karen M McManus) and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (J.K Rowling) were ranked favourite books by high school and elementary school pupils.

A major study by learning and assessment provider Renaissance Learning analyzed the reading habits of more than 1.1 million pupils across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including 46,722 Scottish youngsters.

The National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy survey of 4,141 pupils across the UK found reading for pleasure dipped at the beginning of 2020, and recorded its lowest level of self-reported reading enjoyment since 2005 (48 per cent of children).

But this changed drastically with three in five children saying reading made them feel better during the lockdown.

More than a third also said reading helped them when they felt sad because they could not see friends or family.

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