Government research confirms childhood reading is a key to lifelong reading habits.

In Child’s Play – Analysis of the Scottish Household Survey Culture Module, one of the key aims of researchers was to explore the relationship between being encouraged to read in childhood and reading for pleasure as an adult.

Those who were encouraged to read for pleasure in childhood were over twice more likely (odds ratio 2.28) to have read for pleasure as an adult in the last 12 months, compared with those who were not encouraged.

The Scottish Government Household Survey 2007/8 survey confirmed that the most popular cultural activity amongst adults in Scotland was reading for pleasure (69%).