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What are Kids Today Reading?

21 NOV 2014
Career Path : Education News

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Reports have shown that kids, although many reading frequently, do not read as much as necessary. Renaissance Learning has released statistics showing that students are surprisingly reading more non-fiction. This is however paired with the fact that approx. 50% of students read for less than 15 minutes a day, where 30 minutes is the time needed to show actual growth in reading.

  • Girls were shown to read more than boys (3.8 million words a year vs. 3 million)
  • Reading habits hit an all-time high in grade 6.
  • Boys over time get less exposure to vocabulary, meaning lower reading skills

What students are reading is also quite interesting to track. Green Eggs and Ham has been a decades-long classic for young people, and is the number one book for 1st-3rd grades. Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been the top book for several years in a row for grades 3-6. Among high schoolers, the top read books are still To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby. The recent hit The Hunger Games is very popular for grades 7-10.

There is a trend that if a book gets turned into a movie, its popularity shoots up. It is also interesting to note that most of the books on these lists are part of series—a model kids clearly respond to!

What books were your favourite in school?

Source: Education News