Research

Book ownership and reading outcomes

Added 06 Dec 2017

Book gifting is a central element of many of our programmes. We asked 42,406 children and young people aged eight to 18 about book ownership in our seventh annual literacy survey, which we conducted in November/December 2016.

One in 11 (9.4%) children and young people said they do not have a book of their own at home, rising to one in eight (13.1%) children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Of these children, those who receive free school meals, boys of all ages and teenagers are the most likely to say they have no books of their own at home.

The research also found that children who say they own a book are 15 times more likely to read above the level expected for their age than their peers who say they don’t own a book (28.8% vs 1.9%) and are four times less likely to read below the expected level (12.9% vs 48.1%).