Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Study: Nearly 60 Percent of Children like Reading for Fun

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Study: Nearly 60 Percent of Children like Reading for Fun

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NEW YORK - Nearly six out of 10 young people ages 6-17 say they read for fun, according to a new study from Scholastic and YouGov, a percentage that has dipped slightly since a 2010 report. Fifty- eight percent of those surveyed said they either loved reading for fun or "liked it a lot. In 2010, 60 percent gave similar responses. The 12-14 age group had the biggest drop, from 61 percent to 50 percent, while ages 15-17 improved from 50 to 54 percent.

Among the most positive findings: 40 percent of families say they began reading to their children when they were three months old or younger, compared to 30 percent in 2014.

The "Harry Potter series was a favorite choice for both kids and parents. The "Junie B. Jones books and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid series were popular, too. …

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