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Set the children free – show them the joy of reading for reading’s sake | Lola Okolosie

To slip the confines of reality for 15 or 20 minutes is a superpower too few of our schools are nurturing
‘Publisher Egmont has called on the government to make more space in the curriculum for reading in schools.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian

For many young people today, books are only for school and exams – the notion of reading for simple pleasure is greatly diminishing.

This week, a survey of 27,000 children and young people carried out by the National Literacy Trust, ahead of Thursday’s , found . And just a quarter of those will read daily, dropping 17% from 2015 figures. It is a fact made worse by findings of Nielsen Book Research’s

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