Enjoyment Of Poetry On Decline

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NFER Reading Survey - report from The Independent:

A survey by NFER (published to to coincide with World Book Day) has found that children are watching television less. It also suggests the steady decline in the popularity of reading over the past few years has been halted. Two bits of good news for everyone connected with children's books, then.

But the same report includes concerning data about poetry. One of ACHUKA's missions during Michael Rosen's tenure of the children's laureateship will be playing as big a part as possible in making poetry just as popular as it was a few years ago. It is a very significant element of the new ACHUKA gameplan.

The survey of 4,500 children shows that only 55 per cent prefer watching TV to reading - compared with 62 per cent in a similar survey four years ago. It also reveals that the decline in popularity of reading amongst the same age group has been halted, with nearly 70 per cent of nine-year-olds and 60 per cent of 11-year-olds saying they enjoy reading stories - almost the same percentage as four years previously. However, the halt in the decline follows a major slide in enjoyment of reading between 1999 and 2003. "Children's enjoyment of reading has stopped declining sharply," the report says. "Their attitudes have held steady over the four-year period." But the survey does show poetry reading is on the decline amongst both boys and girls, with only 52 per cent of nine-year-olds enjoying it compared with 68 per cent eight years ago - and 43 per cent of 11-year-olds compared with 58 per cent.
[ACHUKA's emphasis]

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