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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 (https://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.

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz

Barbara Bietz -is a children's author, magazine writer, children's book reviewer, and past chair of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee. She loves talking about the creative process, books and the craft of writing. Her middle grade chapter book, LIKE a MACCABEE, was released in October 2006 (Yotzeret Publishing)  and is a PJ Library selection. Barbara reviews books and has contributed to numerous print and on-line publications. She also teach writing classes for adults. Learn more about Barbara at www.BarbaraBietz.com
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