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World Book Night took place last night (23rd April). This event is a national celebration of reading and books and aims reach the people who don’t regularly read. To encourage more people to read, books are gifted to a wide range of organisations. These organisations include prisons, libraries, colleges, hospitals, care homes and homeless shelters. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency. This national charity focuses on inspiring more people to become more confident and enthusiastic readers.
A survey carried out by Giuseppe Cafiero to mark World Book Night found that 83% of parents read less that their 11-and-under children. This new study by the Italian author and academic would suggest that there is a “parent reading crisis”. The poll was completed by 500 parents who had pre-high school children. As part of this research, the majority (80%) of parents felt that their work-life balance is one sided. The result of this is that their primary aged children read more literature that they do.
The study went on to discover that only 15% of parents felt, after having children, they had enough time to read more than one book per month. With 83% of parents saying that their children read more than them, more than 10 books a month.
Giuseppe Cafiero, the author of Mário De Sá-Carneiro: The Ambiguity Of A Suicide, has commissioned the survey to mark World Book Night. It is vitally important to encourage those that do not read regularly to have the confidence to do so. Discussing the findings of the survey, Giuseppe says: “There is a big difference between reading for work and for pleasure”. It is important to make sure that our work-life balances are more equal, and books are a great way of relaxing.
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