Children in the UK are significantly less likely to read for pleasure than in nations such as Kazakhstan, Albania, Indonesia and Peru according to international research, according to the Telegraph.
The UK was ranked 47th out of 65 nations in a table based on the number of teenagers who pick up a book, newspaper or magazine on a daily basis.
The disclosure – in data published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – comes despite warnings from researchers of a “strong link” between childhood reading and improved adult literacy skills.
Kazakhstan, Albania, Shanghai-China and Thailand topped the table, with more than 90 per cent of 15-year-olds saying they read for enjoyment. Some 88 per cent of pupils in Indonesia were active readers, while 86 per cent enjoyed reading in Peru. In the UK the proportion dropped to 60.4 per cent, placing the country 47th.
The home nations came ahead of countries such as Japan, the United States, Germany and Spain but behind others such as France, Australia, Italy, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, Russia and Hong Kong. The latest report suggested that students who read for pleasure are much more likely to succeed in adult life.