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Reading in 2023
Just 2 in 5 (43.4%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said that they enjoy reading in their spare time. This is the lowest level since we first asked the question in 2005. Read more.
Poetry in 2023
In 2023, 1 in 4 (26.7%) children and young people said that they read poetry at least once a month. Compared with their peers who didn't read poetry, more of those who did said that they enjoyed reading (58.5% vs 37.9%) Read more.
Writing in 2023
1 in 3 (34.6%) children and young people aged 8 to 18 said that they enjoy writing in their free time. Levels of writing enjoyment have reduced by 12.2 percentage points over the last 13 years. Read more.
This report outlines findings from our 2023 Annual Literacy Survey, in which we recorded the lowest level of reading enjoyment since 2005.Learn more about Children and young people's reading in 2023.
This report explores findings from our 2023 Annual Literacy Survey, which found that just a third of children and young people aged 8 to 18 said they enjoyed writing, one of the...Learn more about Children and young people’s writing in 2023.
1 in 4 (26.7%) children and young people said they read poetry in their free time at least once a month in 2023.Learn more about Children and young people's engagement with poetry in 2023.