Scholastic Survey Reveals Large Drop in Reading Between Ages 8 and 9

Scholastic releases its latest Kids and Family Reading Report.

Scholastic released the results of its Kids and Family Reading Report, a biennial national survey of children and parents reading habits and attitudes toward reading and books.

This seventh edition of the survey finds a large drop in reading—and enjoyment of reading—between age eight and nine.  Also, fewer children between eight to nine said "yes" when asked  if reading for fun was important.

In more positive news, the survey showed more children and parents seeking books with diverse characters and storylines. And while more kids are looking for something to read that makes them laugh, a larger percentage is also seeking titles to help them explore new worlds and learn about new topics.

Once again, access to books was a key factor in reading frequency, and children reported their favorite books were the ones they chose for themselves.

Read Scholastic's full press release, with access to the complete report, here:


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Vivianne Fogarty

I do not see this trend in our school in Winnipeg, Canada. I really wonder why school and public libraries are not mentioned. This is where students will find choice, diversity and access for all if they are properly funded and staffed.

Posted : Mar 25, 2019 05:14



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