Study: Nearly 60 Percent of Children Like Reading for Fun

January 30, 2017

Literacy News

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 6 out of 10 young people ages 6-17 say they read for fun, according to a new study from Scholastic and YouGov, a percentage that has dipped slightly since a 2010 report.

Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed said they either loved reading for fun or "liked it a lot." In 2010, 60 percent gave similar responses. The 12-14 age group had the biggest drop, from 61 percent to 50 percent, while ages 15-17 improved from 50 to 54 percent.

Among the most positive findings: 40 percent of families say they began reading to their children when they were three months old or younger, compared to 30 percent in 2014.

The "Harry Potter" series was a favorite choice for both kids and parents. The "Junie B. Jones" books and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series were popular, too.

Monday's report also shows that young people prefer their books the old-fashioned way, with around two-thirds saying they only want to read on paper. Among those who did read an e-book, nearly half said they liked paper more, while only 16 percent favored the digital format. The remainder had no preference.

The survey also showed a wide gap between the number of children's books at home among different income levels. Households of those earning more than $100,000 averaged 127 books, nearly double those homes where income was under $35,000. Hispanic homes averaged 91 books, slightly less than the overall average of 104. African-American families averaged 67 books.

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