U.S. EDITION

Reading Aloud at Home

Nine in 10 parents (91%) say their children are read books aloud at home before age 6, primarily to develop their child’s vocabulary and language skills and to foster reading enjoyment.

Percentage of Parents Who Say Their Child Was Read Books Aloud at Home Before Age 6 and Reasons Reading Aloud Started

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–17


More than half of children ages 0–5 (54%) are read aloud at home 5–7 days a week. This declines to only one in three kids ages 6–8 (34%) and to one in six kids ages 9–11 (17%).

Frequency with Which Parents Say Their Child is Read Books
Aloud at Home

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–17


Nearly one in four parents of children ages 6–17 (23%) stopped reading aloud to their children before age 9, most often citing reasons related to their child reading independently.

Percentage of Parents Who Say Their Child Stopped Being Read Books Aloud at Home Before Age 9 and Reasons Reading Aloud Stopped

Base: Parents of Children Ages 6–17


Yet many children ages 6–11 (40%) did not want their parents to stop reading aloud to them.

Percentage of Children Who Say They “Wanted Reading Aloud to Continue”

Base: Children Ages 6–11 Who Were Read Books Aloud at Home


When it comes to being read aloud to at home, eight in 10 children (83%) say they love(d) or like(d) it a lot.

Degree to Which Children Enjoy(ed) Being Read Books Aloud at Home

Base: Children Ages 6–17 Who Are or Were Read Books Aloud at Home


The top reason children say they enjoy being read aloud to is that it’s a special time with their parents.

Reasons Children Like(d) Being Read Aloud to at Home

Base: Children Ages 6–17 Who Are or Were Read Books Aloud at Home and Love(d) or Like(d) It a Lot


SPOTLIGHT:
Reading with Kids from Birth

Parents of children ages 0–5 are even more likely than parents of older kids to say that it is important for their kids to read books for fun.

Parents’ Views on the Importance of Child Reading Books for Fun

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–17


Parents of children ages 0–5 say developing language and vocabulary skills and using their imagination are the top benefits they want their kids to gain from reading books for fun.

Percentage of Parents Who Say Each Is a Top Benefit They Want Their Child to Get from Reading Books for Fun

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5


To develop language skills, parents cite reading books aloud and talking together as among the most important things parents should do with their children.

Percentage of Parents Who Say Each Is Extremely/Very Important in Developing Child’s Language Skills

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5


Yet what parents of children ages 0–5 say is important for early language development, such as reading aloud, isn’t always happening 5–7 days a week.

Comparison of Parents’ Views on the Importance of Activities to Develop Child’s Language Skills and Whether Each Activity Happens at Home 5–7 Days a Week

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5


Six in 10 parents of children ages 0–5 (60%) received advice that children should be read aloud to from birth, yet just under half of parents in lower-income households (47%) received this advice.

Percentage of Parents Who Received Advice That Children Should Be Read Aloud to from Birth

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5


Among parents who received advice that children should be read aloud to from birth, the most common sources of this advice are friends and family, followed by pediatricians, then parenting books and magazines.

Sources of Advice That Children Should Be Read Aloud to from Birth

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5 Who Received This Advice When Their Child Was a Baby


While nearly three-quarters of parents of children ages 0–5 (73%) say they started reading aloud to their child before age one, only 30% say they began before the age of three months.

Age of Child When Reading Books Aloud at Home Started

Base: Parents of Children Ages 0–5