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More British Children Own Mobile Phones than Own Books

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A survey to promote book reading by children in the UK claims that while 86% of young people in the UK own a mobile phone, while only 73% have books of their own. The study of over 17,000 young people reveals a strong link between both young people's reading ability and access to books at home.

The research supports the National Literacy Trust's new Tell Me a Story campaign which aims to raise awareness of the need for families to support children's literacy in the home.

Director of the National Literacy Trust Jonathan Douglas said: "Our research illustrates the clear link with literacy resources at home and a child's reading ability. By ensuring children have access to reading materials in the home families can help them to do well at school and to enjoy opportunities throughout their life."

"That is why we are launching the Tell Me a Story campaign to raise awareness of the importance of having a literacy-rich home environment. One in six children in the UK will grow up without the literacy skills they need to fulfil their potential. We are campaigning to change this."


Over 17,000 children aged 8 to 16 were surveyed.

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