Booktime and Booked Up deliver over 2 million free books to children across the UK
· More dads reading with their children than in previous years: 40% increase since September 2008.
· 60% of children like to share a book with their parents/carers as it shows that they like to spend time with them.
· Households with girls have ten more children’s books than those with boys. One in every 20 family homes in Britain today has fewer than ten books.
· Children enjoying reading more: 96% of all children surveyed say that they enjoy reading, peaking at 99% among seven year olds and falling to 89% of 12 year olds (overall, this represents a year on year increase of 5%).
· 56% of all parents and carers (and almost half of all parents of 4-5 year olds [48%]) say their child spends more time facing a screen, playing computer games and watching DVDs rather than reading.
· Parents and carers of boys are twice as likely not to read with them compared to those who have girls.
· Technology, home entertainment and work (through emails and home working) are impacting on book time. While flexible working is supposed to enable a positive work-life balance, children are increasingly losing out.
· Bookshelves under threat in a third of British homes: one in three parents and carers (34%) say shelves are increasingly being filled up with DVDs and computer games, especially in homes with older children (this is the case in 41% of homes of 11-12 year olds).
· The UK’s all time favourite fictional character according to over 1,300 children is Harry Potter, followed by Horrid Henry and Tracy Beaker.