It’s US based - but interesting none the less.
The annual Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report analyses data from 2,500+ parents and kids - asks questions and crunches the numbers to give an indication of where things are.
Only 51% of children said they love or like reading books for fun (That was 58% in 2012, and 60% in 2010.)
The report found that reading enjoyment drops after the age of eight.
And why the steep drop - particularly in boys? - sixty per cent who enjoyed reading more when they were younger put this down to there being “so many other things that I now enjoy more than reading”
What makes a ‘frequent reader’?
The report found that a six to 11-year-old is more likely to be a frequent reader if they are currently read aloud to at home, if they were also read aloud to five to seven days a week before starting nursery, and if they are less likely to use a computer for fun.
I’m still reading the report, (sssh, it’s early), have a look here.