Research reveals startlingly high numbers of boys and girls have no books of their own, with worrying implications for their future prospects.

This article titled “Three in 10 UK children ‘own no books'” was written by Alison Flood, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 1st June 2011 11.56 UTC

Three in 10 children in the UK do not own a single book of their own, with alarming implications for their future prospects, according to new research. The survey by the National Literacy Trust also shows that boys are less likely to own books than girls.

The survey of 18,141 young people found that four in 10 boys did not own any books, compared to three in 10 girls. Children who did not own books were two-and-a-half times more likely (19%) to read below their expected level than children who had their own books (7.6%), and were also significantly less likely (35.7%) to read above their expected level than book-owning children (54.9%). The online survey took place in November and December last year, with the majority of participants aged between 11 and 13 years old.

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