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Why kids have to read

It was easy decades ago. No TV, mobile phones, iPad, tablets or computer games providing distraction. Reading was the single escape – after radio or comics – into the world of fiction and adventure. Movies were OK, but expensive and occasional, so most kids could read, and pretty well. But now there is a huge diversity of entertainment beamed directly to you on electronic devices, 24 hours of the day if you want. Thinking? Forget it. You don’t need to bother. Imagination? Don’t need it – we can do that for you. Flick the channels or start the game. It’s all pre-packaged in pacey, coloured parcels. Can’t delay – have to check this e-mail, or read that tweet. Must catch up on Faceb