THE 2008 KIDS AND FAMILY READING REPORT2008 Kids & family Reading Report cover - picture of family reading a book together.
CONDUCTED BY YANKELOVICH AND SCHOLASTIC

KIDS AGE 5-17 BELIEVE TECHNOLOGY WILL SUPPLEMENT – NOT REPLACE – BOOK READING AND SAY THEY WILL ALWAYS WANT TO READ BOOKS PRINTED ON PAPER

Tweens and Teens who Participate in Online Activities Are More Likely to Read Books for Fun Daily

A new study released today finds that 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper,” and 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather than on a computer or a handheld device. The Kids & Family Reading Report ™, a national survey of children age 5-17 and their parents, also found that kids who go online to extend the reading experience – by going to book or author websites or connecting with other readers – are more likely to read books for fun every day.

 

Download the full report or watch presentations on the report in short sections here.  Parents, you might particularly interested in checking out Section IV; Parents' Roles in Kids' Reading (page 38 of the actual report). In it, they found the "High Frequency reading parents are six times more likely than low frequency reading parents to have high frequency reading children (42% vs. 7%)."  Those "high frequency reading parents" try more tactics to encourage their children to read for pleasure like;

Read the same books as my child so I can talk with him/her about the books.

Reward my child for reading books.

Have my child participate in book clubs or other reading groups that meet in person.

Use movies or TV shows that are based on books to get my child interested in a book.

Encourage my child to go online and exlore a book's website, an author's website or other types of website that exten the reading experience.

 

Those are definitely good ideas! There is a great website called KidsReads.com and they have a TON of information about books, book clubs and authors. It is a good place to start exploring books online!