The latest data from children ages 6-17 reconfirms that reading books for fun, as well as positive sentiment towards reading, decrease as kids grow up, with marked declines by age 9 that do not rebound. The Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report has been tracking these reading attitudes and behaviors since 2010, finding both a long-term decline in frequent readers as well as a beneficial relationship between a child’s reading frequency and their own feelings of enjoyment and importance of reading books for fun. For additional data and more on these findings, visit Reading Lives of Kids and Parents.
An opinion piece in The Washington Post discusses the current literacy crisis amongst kids including these trendline findings, and talks with Sasha Quinton, EVP and President, Scholastic School Reading Events, about what can be done to reignite a passion for reading. Read the full article here.