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Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms

Reading for fun improves children's brains, study confirms

A study of 17,000 people from birth indicates that reading for pleasure improves not just literacy, but maths ability too. And we will soon know whether the effects continue into adult life

Good reads … picking up a book for pleasure helps with maths as well as spelling and vocabulary. Photograph: RelaXimages/Corbis

It won't surprise anyone that bright children tend to read for pleasure more than their less skilled peers. But does reading for pleasure increase the rate of children's learning? This is the question Matt Brown and I set out to answer using the British Cohort Study, which follows the lives of more than 17,000 people born in a single week in 1970 in England, Scotland and Wales
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