The Key to Good Readers is Book Ownership Studies Show
It seems that children are owning less books than ever before, and this worrying trend is continuing.
In 2011 a survey of 18,141 young people in the UK it was discovered that four in 10 boys did not own any books, compared to three in 10 girls.
The study revealed that 19% of children who did not own books were two-and-a-half times more likely to be behind with their reading.
While 54.9% of children in the study who owned their own books were reading above the expected school level.
Have Things Changed?
Sadly, nothing has changed since this study was done a few years back.
According to a recent study in the Herald Sun 40% of children have less than 10 books at home. This is thought to be contributing to diminishing literacy skills.
The average Australian kid owns just 18 books. When you consider that a picture book or early chapter book can be read in one sitting that means that there isn’t much variety to choose from.
The survey was conducted by Dymocks Book Sellers and YouGov.
In spite of these figures, it is reported that 2 in 5 mothers wanted their children to read more.
Book Ownership Contributes to Poor Literacy Results
These studies clearly show that book ownership is linked to poor literacy rates.
Experts say that children should be reading 30 minutes a day. A reading program has been implemented in some schools with great success. The students simply sit and read anything they want, and the results are impressive with more of them seeing the value in books and stories.
Clearly, children who enjoy reading are more likely to read for pleasure, while those who don’t simply find something else to do.
So, how so we encourage those children who find reading a chore?
Reading Together Builds Memories
Rather than leave a child to read on his or her own, why not make reading an enjoyable time that you share together?
Here are some great articles written for grandparents, but which can be easily adapted to parents and teachers as well –