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Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

Kids & Family Reading Report™: 6th Editiona report  from Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company shows that:

  • children who are frequent readers are far more likely to have more books in the home than those who are infrequent readers
  • children who read books for fun less than one day a week.
  • More than half (52%) of frequent readers have more than 100 books at home
  • three-quarters (73%) of infrequent readers have fewer than 100 books.

Other key findings from the upcoming Kids & Family Reading Report™ include:

How many children’s books are in the average home?

  • On average, U.S. homes with kids ages 17 and under have 104 children’s books, yet more than 6 in 10 families (62%) have fewer than 100 children’s books in the home.

Where are children’s books in the home?

  • Parents reported that their child’s bedroom (85%) is the most common place to find children’s books in their home. The family/living room (53%) and playroom (31%) follow as common places, but parents also shared that some of them have children’s books in their home office (15%), dining room (6%), bathroom (4%) and kitchen (3%).

What top children’s books do parents recommend?

  • Parents of children ages 0–17 shared the top books and series they believe every kid should read including: Harry Potter, Dr. Seuss, The Magic Tree House and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

“Our research shows there is a great opportunity to engage children in the power and joy of reading, especially reluctant readers, by rethinking where books reside in the home,” says Maggie McGuire, Vice President Scholastic Kids, Parents and Teachers Channels.

The Kids & Family Reading Report™ is a biannual report from Scholastic and managed by YouGov (http://research.yougov.com). Results are from a nationally representative survey of 1,675 parents and children including 632 parents of children ages 0-5; 1,043 parents of children ages 6–17, plus one child ages 6–17 from the same household, conducted September 19, 2016 through October 10, 2016.

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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