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“You’re never alone if you have a good book. A good story, fiction or nonfiction, can open up the imagination for problem solving and critical thinking, or just for working through the tough spots in life. A truly good story sucks you in, and opens up a whole new world.”

— Mother, 7-year-old boy, TX

PARENTS’ TOP BOOKS THAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD READ, AND WHY

Top Books or Series Parents Say They Find Themselves Reading Over and Over Again to Their Children

QP15. What book do you find you are reading over and over again?

Top Books or Series Children Ages 6–8 Say are Their Favorite

QK11. What book or series would you say is your very favorite? Please type in a title of the book or series.

Top Books or Series Children Ages 9–11 Say are Their Favorite

QK11. What book or series would you say is your very favorite? Please type in a title of the book or series.

Top Books or Series Children Ages 12–14 Say are Their Favorite

QK11. What book or series would you say is your very favorite? Please type in a title of the book or series.

Top Books or Series Children Ages 15–17 Say are Their Favorite

QK11. What book or series would you say is your very favorite? Please type in a title of the book or series.

Throughout the age groups, Harry Potter is a favorite series among kids ages 6–17. About four in 10 kids overall have read Harry Potter.

Percentage of Kids Who have Read a Harry Potter Book

Base: Children Ages 6–17

QK32. Which Harry Potter books have you read? NOTE: Summary of “any” is shown.

One-third of parents with kids ages 6–17 have personally read a Harry Potter book. This increases to about four in 10 (38%) among parents with kids ages 0–5.

Percentage of Parents Who have Read a Harry Potter Book

Base: Parents with Children Ages 0–17

QP39. Which of the following Harry Potter books, if any, have you personally read? NOTE: Summary of “any” is shown.

Millennial parents–those under age 35–are more likely to have read Harry Potter than are other parents.

Percentage of Parents Who Have Read a Harry Potter Book

Base: Parents with Children Ages 0–17

QP39. Which of the following Harry Potter books, if any, have you personally read? NOTE: Summary of “any” is shown.

On average, kids first read Harry Potter when they are eight years old. Among kids who have read (or were read aloud) a Harry Potter book, 87% do so before the age of 12.

Age First Read Harry Potter

Base: Children Ages 6–17 Who Have Read or Were Read Aloud a Harry Potter Book

QK34. How old were you when you read your first Harry Potter book or when a Harry Potter book was first read aloud to you?

Eight in ten Harry Potter readers love reading Harry Potter books.

Children’s Agreement with Statement:
“I love reading Harry Potter Books“

Base: Children Ages 6–17 Who Have Read or Were Read Aloud a Harry Potter Book

QK36. Please say whether you agree a lot, agree a little, disagree a little, or disagree a lot with the following statement. Note: See Appendix D for full question responses.

About one in three Harry Potter readers like re-reading the books and say the books have made them interested in reading other books.

Children’s Agreement with Statements

Base: Children Ages 9–17 Who Have Read or Were Read Aloud a Harry Potter Book

QK35. Which of the following statements about the Harry Potter books are true for you?