New research has unveiled the shocking truth about literacy and young children.
A study undertaken by Ebookadabra in partnership with Censuswide has shown that one in 20 British parents with children between the ages of three and seven have reported that their child has never read a picture book.
That's about 200,000 children who never been exposed to a picture book.
The study looks at individual areas around the UK and has discovered that Britain's UNESCO City of Literature, Norwich, is a particular literacy black spot, in addition to Brighton.
According to the results, the 10 worst places for literacy in young people are:
1) Brighton (13%)
2) Norwich (12.9%) (Britain’s UNESCO City of Literature)