Parents should continue reading to their children up to the age of nine and beyond to help boost their academic results, according to new research.
The study by the Oxford University Press found a sharp decline in the numbers of parents reading bedtime stories after their children had begun to master books themselves, usually around the age of seven. But experts said that even when pupils have learned the basics, adults still had a vital role.
James Clements, a leading school adviser on reading, said: 'Between the ages of seven and nine, parents can make a huge impact. This age provides an opportunity for them to support their child with developing a love of reading. The difference that enjoying reading regularly can make in children's achievement extends across the curriculum.'
Separate research also found that children who read for fun are more likely to do better in maths and English than youngsters who rarely pick up a book.
- Mail On Sunday