The proportion of children reading for pleasure has declined as their time is crowded with other activities, and more than a fifth never read in their own time, according to research published on Friday.

The study, which finds a clear link between reading outside class and high achievement in school, reveals that fewer children are reading comics and magazines.

It finds that text messages are the most commonly read material outside of class.

Number of children reading for fun has fallen, The Guardian, 9/6/2012

by Jim Davis