The University of London’s Institute of Education Children has released a study showing that reading for pleasure can “significantly” improve a child’s school performance.

Most dramatically, the researchers ruled that “reading for pleasure was found to be more important for children’s cognitive development between ages 10 and 16 than their parents’ level of education.”

Dr. Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown led the study, examining the performance of 6,000 young people in the 1970 British Cohort Study. They measured test score performance at five, 10 and 16 years old.

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