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Three in 10 British households are bookless

There is a very depressing news story from the UK today where a survey of 18,000 young people has revealed three in 10 children live in households that do not contain a single book – not even a cookery book or a road atlas or a bible/Koran etc. Somebody should have a word with the parents, which is where the real ignorance lies. Also, now is not the time to be closing down libraries.

Last month, on the back of England’s education minister Michael Gove’s desire for children to read 50 books a year, we put together this list of 50 books for an 11-year-old and received some positive feedback from lots of parents. Sadly, those parents are the converted.

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