This paper summarizes the results of our tenth annual literacy survey pertaining to children and young people's reading in 2020, as well as the results of our study of children and young people's reading during the COVID-19 lockdown. Both studies were conducted by the International Reading Association (IRA). The results indicate that there has been little change in the types of books that are read by children and young people over the past year.
The most popular genres are literary fiction, young adult (YA) fiction, fantasy, and science fiction/fantasy. Young readers' literature is also known as "librarians' books" because they are chosen specifically to inspire reading among children. Examples include poems, stories, and novels for early readers, and sequels and prequels to established favorites.
In terms of character, the main protagonists are often kids just like them who experience a moment of courage or make a mistake that affects their lives later on. They usually have a parent who loves them and wants the best for them, but can sometimes be overprotective or neglectful.
Finally, the most important message conveyed in children's and YA books is that it's okay not to know everything right away, but with hard work and practice, anyone can become an expert at something.
Books help us understand other people's feelings and thoughts without saying anything.
There are 25 million children in the world. In today's America, there is a serious literacy issue. Twenty-five million youngsters in the United States are illiterate (based on an analysis of NAEP test scores). That's one in four kids. The situation is even worse for minorities: Black and Hispanic students are less likely to be able to read at grade level than white students.
Here in America, we spend more on coffee than reading books to our children. In fact, according to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans spent $7 billion on arts education in 1998. The study also found that states with larger budgets for education generally had higher rates of participation in the arts.
In conclusion, here in America we spend more on coffee than reading books to our children.
According to the survey, 54 percent of children under the age of five are read to at home five to seven days a week, with this dropping to 34 percent of children aged six to eight and 17 percent of children aged nine to eleven. However, 40 percent of six to eleven-year-olds who are not read to said they wish their parents had kept reading aloud to them.
The number of children's books sold in America has increased dramatically over the past few decades, yet readership among young people has declined. A study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts found that only 14 percent of four-to-eight-year-olds were considered active book readers. The study also reported that less than 1 percent of all books released each year are specifically designed for children age 10 years and younger.
Books have a powerful effect on how children think about themselves and their world. Reading to your child is an important part of helping him or her develop literacy skills which will help them succeed in school and beyond. Additionally, reading with your child helps build relationships between you two that will last a lifetime.
As far as I'm concerned, there is no better way to spend a rainy afternoon than with a good book and some hot chocolate. And while you're at it, why don't you sing a song too? That'll make three things that cost nothing!
(43.8%) This backs with data from a National Education Association study, which revealed that reading peaked in the middle grades, with 56 percent of grade school kids, 70 percent of middle school students, and 49 percent of high school students reading more than ten books each year. That's according to the NEA's Survey of Public School Teachers, which was conducted in connection with a larger survey on education issues.
Reading declined among young people as they moved through school. By the time they reached high school, only 49 percent were reading more than ten books a year. That's down from 70 percent of middle schoolers and 76 percent of eighth-graders.
The number of books read annually has dropped in recent years. In 2008, only 40 million children across the country read at least one book for pleasure during the school year, according to the American Library Association. That's down from 46 million in 1997.
This drop is troubling because reading for enjoyment is important for encouraging intelligent debate and critical thinking, as well as providing information about different cultures and perspectives. It also helps build self-esteem and improve social skills, all valuable skills for today's society.
Books are important to our culture. They have inspired people throughout history and continue to do so today.