Do your children spend too much time on screens and not enough time reading?

The National Literacy Trust Reading Trends Report 2023 shows there was a reduction of 16.7 per cent in children aged eight to 11 who enjoyed reading in their free time this year, with the percentage falling from 67.5 per cent in 2005 to just 56.2 per cent in 2023.

We need to re-engage children with a love of reading and the key to doing this - and getting them away from screens - is to ask a simple but important question: “What really interests you?”

Many are drawn to stories and poems. But many other curious young minds prefer amazing facts about space, animals, nature, history, art, sport and a thousand other non-fiction topics.

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This insight – that factual information can be a powerful pathway to a lifelong love of reading and self-discovery – inspired the creation of What on Earth! Magazine, a fun and fascinating non-fiction magazine for children aged seven to 14.

“For many children the real world is far more amazing than anything. You can subscribe today at:

The gift of Knowledge

“A subscription to What on Earth! Magazine makes the perfect gift for children,” .”said  Christopher Lloyd, founder and CEO, What on Earth Magazines.

“It taps into this natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world we live in lies at the heart of What on Earth! Magazine, which is designed to develop a lifelong love of learning through reading.

“So, whether they’re an avid animal lover, a budding inventor or a technology whizz, they will find plenty inside each issue of What on Earth! Magazine to keep their brains buzzing.”

Every month, they’ll enjoy:

• Factopia – follow the trail of hilarious illustrations and crazily connected facts. • What on Earth! – astonishing photos from around the world.

• Eureka! – fascinating inventions, discoveries and scientific breakthroughs.

• Features – from what it takes to become a spy, what’s inside a shark, and which inventions changed the world.

• The What on Earth! Family Quiz – test your family’s knowledge with our quiz.

• Absolutely Everything – an epic serialisation of the true history of the universe.

• Ask the Experts – your chance to ask world-leading experts your burning questions.

• Puzzles, games, jokes and riddles. And much more...

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“I learn a lot from the magazine, and I love all the activities. I can’t wait for my next one” – Arabella, age eight.

“Our son reads it every time it comes in the door. It’s a terrific magazine.” – Natty, parent.

Give the joy of discovery this Christmas with What on Earth! Magazine. A gift subscription starts from just £24.99* - save 15% and get a free Britannica Children’s Encyclopedia worth £25. Subscribe today at:

*Order by December 15 to get your free book for Christmas. Magazine will start to arrive after Christmas.