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World Book Day 2019: Parents urged to keep reading to children in their teens

Ffion and Erin dressed as Snow White and an astronaut from the Welsh book 'Gall Merched Wneud Popeth! Credit: Kate Lewis

Parents have been urged to continue reading to their children even when they can fluently do so themselves.

It comes as research, published for World Book Day, found a fall in children and young people who say that they enjoy reading.

Parents are being urged to read to their children into their teens Credit: PA Images
53%
8-18 year olds read for pleasure, down from 59% in 2016

Over half of eight to 18-year-olds are reading for pleasure in 2019, down from 59% in 2016, the study for the National Literacy Trust said.

Only 26% are reading daily outside the classroom, compared with 43% in 2015.

Meanwhile, Nielsen Book Research's separate survey found that most parents stop reading to their children when they turn eight.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has backed a call for parents to continue reading to their children "well into their teens".

Experts say that being read to by a parent promotes independent reading.

Children's Laureate and author Lauren Child said: "Reading aloud with your child at any age is a wonderful way of connecting because you see what excites and interests them, and it's also a way of understanding what's going on inside their head.

"It's a lovely way of winding down at the end of a day for both parent and child. And it's letting them know by example that books are a good thing, creating a habit of reading and a special bond. For children, reading can be a gateway to learning but also to happiness."

Many primary schools across Wales encourage children to dress up for the day as a character from their favourite book.

Here are some pictures of some impressive costumes sent in from around the country.

Miranda and Phoebe from Mumbles dressed as Elsa from Frozen and Mary Poppins Credit: Claire Wookey
Zack, 9, from Ebbw Vale getting into character as 'Gangsta Granny' Credit: Hayley Fry
Scarlett from Merthyr Tydfil also dressed as Mary Poppins Credit: Natalie Rhodes
Maisie Lush from Penarth dressed as Boudicca Credit: Joedee Williams
Lori Fear's daughter dressed up with her favourite book 'Poo in the Zoo' Credit: Lori Fear
Kayne Williams from Deganwy dressed as Where's Wally Credit: Kirsty Evans
Jay, 10, dressed as 'Boy in a Dress' Credit: Catherine Mayo
Osian, 16 months, dressed as Harry Potter and Seren, 3, dressed as Matila Credit: Beth Devlin