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What Kids Want in Books and How Teachers Can Encourage Reading

Discover the kinds of books kids choose to read for fun, plus get book lists and resources for teachers


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The State of Children and Reading

The fifth edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report™, a national survey of children ages 6–17 and their parents that was released in January 2015, found that:

  • Half of all children (51%) ages 6–17 are currently reading a book for fun, and another one in five (20%) has just finished one
  • Both children (54%) and parents (71%) say strong reading skills are among the most important skills children should have, yet the frequency of reading a book for fun is on the decline

Learn more about the key findings of the Kids & Family Reading Report and open a world of possible for your young readers with the book lists and teaching resources below.

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Susan Cheyney

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