How Does Your Child’s Reading Habits Measure Up?

How often does you child read? Does he/she read for long periods of time or just for a few minutes? The answer to these questions is highly correlated with reading ability.

Look at these statistics from the New National Literacy Trust 2011 research study to see how your child’s reading habits measure up to children throughout the country:

  • 1 in 6 children do not read a single book a month
  • 1 in 10 children read more than 10 books a month
  • 8 in 10 children who read over 10 books a month are above average readers
  • 77% of children that read for an hour or longer at a time are above average readers
  • 30% of children who read only 10 minutes at a time are above average readers
  • 20% of children who read only 10 minutes at a time are below average readers
  • Text messages are the most popular type of out of class reading
  • Children who read text messages but not fiction books are twice as likely to be below average readers compared to those who also read fiction
  • Most young people rated themselves to be either average at reading (40%) or very good at reading (49%)
  • Young people’s views of their own reading ability strongly mirrored their actual reading attainment.
  • Just under half of children enjoy reading very much or quite a lot.
  • 4 in 10 children enjoy reading a little
  • 1 in 10 children do not enjoy reading at all

For the full report of the findings from the New National Literacy Trust, click here >


Many children that dislike reading and try to avoid it react this way because it is difficult for them. To learn how to help a struggling reader, click here ›


About Shantell Berrett

Shantell Berrett is a certified trainer and dyslexia specialist. She has been working for Reading Horizons for 2 years. She enjoys being with her family, dancing and tutoring those who struggle with reading.

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