max temp: 11°C

min temp: 8°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Library bosses pleased with surge in young people who enjoy reading

19:00 22 July 2014

Krystal Vittles.

Krystal Vittles.


New figures showing a surge in the number of youngsters who enjoy reading have been welcomed by library bosses in Suffolk, as they pledged to sustain the ‘reading buzz’ among young people in the county.


Data released from the National Literacy Trust’s 2013 survey last week revealed that out of 30,000 eight to 16-year-olds who were asked, 53% said they enjoyed reading ‘very much’ or ‘quite a lot’, the highest level recorded by the organisation.

The news come as Suffolk Libraries launches this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages youngsters to keep reading during the summer holidays.

The 2013 campaign saw more than 7,700 people take part.

Krystal Vittles, innovation and development manager at Suffolk Libraries, said: “We are delighted to hear that more children are enjoying reading. Children are borrowing more books from our libraries, both fiction and information books and we’re all set for a sizzling summer reading challenge.

“The reading challenge has been proven to be a great way of engaging children with reading for pleasure and using the library.

“We also want to sustain that reading buzz so the children who join us for reading challenge, come back and borrow more books as the year continues.

“The new national curriculum, which launches in September, emphasises the importance of reading for pleasure and that’s what we’re all about.

“Because of the high social media profile of many writers, reading is increasingly seen as ‘cool’.

“Film versions of books aimed at children and teens continue to do well at the box office, which in turn is providing the oxygen of publicity for the books they are based on.

“This may be why the biggest increase in the enjoyment of reading was seen in pupils aged 11 to 14.”

The figures from the trust have also shown that only 10% of the young people surveyed in 2013 did not enjoy reading at all, while nearly a third of them said they read outside of the classroom every day.

Miss Vittles added: “It’s important for children in Suffolk to catch the reading bug right from the start. Sharing books with babies and young children is very rewarding and our activities can lay the seeds for a life spent reading for pleasure.”



Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

There has been a crash on the A12

Part of the A12 which was shut because of collision has been reopened.

A parade of puppets, live bands, fireworks and a packed Angel Hill, Abbey Gardens and town centre - the annual Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre

Tens of thousands of people swarmed to west Suffolk this weekend for what organisers expect to have been a record breaking Christmas Fayre.

Mick Mills and Bobby Robson with the UEFA Cup in 1981. (Photo Dave Kindred/Archant)

A local football story jumped from the sports pages to take over the EADT’s main news spot on November 30, 1981.

Hadleigh High Street

After 16 years running her shop from the same building, Barbara Boyd is ready to take it up a gear as she moves into new premises.

CQC inspectors' decision backed by tribunal. Stock image.

The manager of a Clacton care home where a patient had an ulcer so bad the bone was visible has lost an appeal to get their registration back.

A Colchester young carer, who helps her single mum look after her two sickly little brothers, was a runner–up in Essex Young People of the Year.
Katie Kilpatrick, of Havering Close, received an award known as a ‘YOPEY’, at a lavish ceremony in London this weekend. Left to right, Christopher Merrett, Katie Kilpatrick, Alexander Merrett.

A teenage carer who helps her single mum look after her two brothers who both have complex health needs has been named runner-up in Essex Young People of the Year.

George Woodward, three, with his mum Laura Barber, dad Lee Woodward and little sister Ivy, is receiving funds for a new wheelchair.

One young boy’s family are celebrating today after the Sir Bobby Robson online auction raised enough money to buy him a new power wheelchair.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24