Data from the 8th edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report™ shows a decline since 2018 in both the number of parents who began reading aloud to their child before the age of three months and the number of parents of children ages 0-5 who have heard/received advice that children should be read aloud to from birth. However, as we’ve heard from kids and parents alike, the positive sentiment for reading aloud remains strong, giving us hope that these declines can be reversed. With the majority of parents agreeing that reading aloud is important and the majority of both parents and kids agreeing that reading aloud is/was a special time we have an opportunity to build a stronger read-aloud culture.
For recommendations on engaging titles perfect for a read-aloud, try:
- For early readers: Carina Felina, by Carmen Agra Deedy and Henry Cole; When You Can Swim, by Jack Wong
- For readers in elementary school: Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan; The Forgotten Girl, by India Hill Brown
- For readers in middle school: Slacker, by Gordon Korman
To continue the excitement and power of the read aloud amongst a community, check out Scholastic Storyvoice, a free interactive read-aloud platform, that connects young readers to great stories, authors and one another.