[kids-lib] In the News: 4 Surprises in Scholastic’s national Survey of Kids and Reading

Martín Blasco MartinB at wccls.org
Tue Jan 20 08:25:23 PST 2015

Good morning, Katie. Thanks for sharing the info. I wonder if digital gadgets are part of the decreasing reading frequency among boys and older technologies.
In terms of “Kids want books in print,” it doesn’t surprise me. You can’t replace the interaction of parents and children with tablets. Tablets can be a tool, but it has limits, especially in early literacy.
Thanks again for sharing this article.  Have a great week,


Martín Blasco
Outreach Librarian for Latino and Youth Services Program
Washington County Cooperative Library Services | 503-681-5093
martinb at wccls.org<mailto:martinb at wccls.org> | facebook.org/bibliotecaswccls<http://www.facebook.org/bibliotecaswccls>

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“When we thought that we had all the answers, suddenly, all the questions changed.”
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Subject: [kids-lib] In the News: 4 Surprises in Scholastic’s national Survey of Kids and Reading

4 Surprises in Scholastic’s national Survey of Kids and Reading
Read the full article here: http://www.edcentral.org/4-surprises-scholastics/
Lisa Guernsey
January 12, 2015

1.       Boys and older teenagers are reading books for fun with less frequency than four years ago. In 2010, 32 percent of school-age boys said they read books for fun five to seven days a week.  Four years later, only 24 percent gave the same answer.

2.       Parents of preschoolers place high importance on reading aloud to their children, but less than two-thirds do so daily.  While 97 percent of parents of children 0 to 5 say that reading aloud to their children is extremely or very important, 63 percent say that their children get those experiences at home five to seven days a week.

3.       Kids want books in print — as opposed to in electronic format — even more than they did two years ago.  So do their parents. In 2012, 65 percent of kids agreed with the statement that they would always want to read books in print even though ebooks are available.

4.       Kids wish their parents had continued to read to them after they reached school age. Across all age groups, 83 percent of kids say they loved or “liked a lot” those times when parents read to them aloud at home.

How might it apply to libraries?

·         We’re experts at encouraging parents to read aloud to their young children, but how are we encouraging parents to read aloud to their school-age children?

·         We’ve taught parents the importance of reading to their young children, but now how can we help parents to actually read to their young children every day?

·         What are we doing to motivate boys and older teens to read for fun more?

Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

Talk about new teen books, teen programming ideas, and more at
OLA’s Oregon Young Adult Network winter meeting<http://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174>
Friday, January 16, 2015 at Woodburn Public Library

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