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Biggest readers in Scotland

November 19, 2018

It’s Book Week Scotland! A celebration of the world of literature and the perfect time for Scotland to share and enjoy reading their favourites together!

Scottish book week

Even in this digital age, reading together remains a popular past time in Scotland. Nearly two thirds (61%) of parents we surveyed in the country read to their children every night! Impressive, especially when compared to the UK national average which shows only (56%) do the same.

Harry Potter and Paddington Bear are amongst the top read books by parents in Scotland and both characters also featured in their list of top ten fictional characters. Inspirationally for the young female readers amongst us, Wonderwoman came out top, followed by other female protagonists, Mary Poppins and Matilda!

Parents’ top fictional heroes in Scotland:

  1. Wonderwoman
  2. Mary Poppins
  3. Matilda
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Hermione Granger
  6. Doctor Who
  7. Paddington Bear
  8. Batman
  9. Superman
  10. Frodo

Not only do adults read to their children for enjoyment, more than a third (36%) of parents in Scotland also read a book for their own pleasure every day, making them the most avid readers in the UK. This beats the national average which is only just over a quarter (27%). We’re excited to see that their interest seems to have filtered through to the next generation, as 90% of youngsters in Scotland have even asked for a book as a present!

Charlotte Gater, Head of Curriculum at Explore Learning says: “It’s great to see that parents in Scotland make reading a priority in their everyday lives and share their enjoyment of literature together as a family. Not only that but it is a good insight as to how their child’s comprehension and expression is developing. Hopefully the rest of the nation are inspired to follow their example and take up reading more for pleasure as a family!”

How will you be celebrating Book Week Scotland? Drop in to one of our five tuition centres in Scotland to share your love of reading!


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