Three-quarters of young fathers don’t read to kids

Three-quarters of young fathers don’t read to kids

Only 25% of young fathers aged between 15 and 24 in the UK read to their child every day, according to BookTrust.

The charity released data today (8th June) from a survey of 2,415 parents, taken between January and March this year, that showed young mothers of the same age are much more likely share books with their children, with 61% saying they read with them every day.

Taking all ages into account, data from 2014 showed that 50% more mothers read with their child at 0-11 months, and a quarter more mothers read with their five-year-olds compared to fathers.

Diana Gerald, BookTrust chief executive, said: "It is alarming to see that fathers are still behind mothers when it comes to reading with their children. Now more than ever we need both parents to step up and make time to read with their children because one in five leaves primary school unable to read well.”

Today (8th June) marks the beginning of National Bookstart Week, and Booktrust is giving out 450,000 special editions of Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz (Orchard Books).