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Kids Have Been Reading Longer, More Difficult Books in Lockdown, and It’s Boosting Moods

goodnewsnetwork.org

Aug 26, 2021

Literacy skills have actually improved in the pandemic

With schools often closed, many more pupils began to enjoy reading again—with 56 percent of young people saying they enjoyed reading either very much (24 percent) or quite a lot (32 percent).

A major study by learning and assessment provider Renaissance Learning analyzed the reading habits of more than 1.1 million pupils across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, including 46,722 Scottish youngsters.

The study showed reading skills have improved over lockdown periods, with many children picking up longer books of greater difficulty.