The new Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was released last month, and it has some interesting statistics in it. For instance:
“Three critical measures of a school-aged child’s (ages 6–17) relationship with reading have remained fairly steady since 2010. In the seventh edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report:
-Fifty-eight percent say they love or like reading books for fun.
-Fifty-two percent agree reading books for fun is extremely or very important.
-Thirty-one percent read books for fun 5–7 days a week (known as frequent readers); 41% of kids read for fun 1–4 days a week (known as moderately frequent readers); 28% of kids read for fun less than 1 day a week (known as infrequent readers).”
“In the past two years, both kids and parents are less likely to say that when picking a children’s book to read for fun, the type of book doesn’t matter, it just has to be a good story (down 17 points among kids; 21 points among parents). Today, they are more likely to want several specific outcomes from their book selections:
-More kids want books that make them laugh (up 10 points to 52%), help them explore new worlds (up nine points to 40%) and become familiar with new topics (up seven points to 26%).
-More parents want these types of books, as well as those which help their child learn about the lives of others (up 12 points to 48%) and books that make their child think and feel (up nine points to 51%).”
This made me think about what kind of reader I was, and what elements supported me becoming a voracious reader. Mainly, I had access to books, was encouraged to read, was rewarded for being a reader, and saw myself in books. Here are some reflections on post-its.
Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian in Nevada County, CA. She is also an artist type at lisanowlain.com