First published on http://bosmatlibovsky.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/the-great-decline-of-books-and-a-possible-cure/
How many children actually read books today?
Let’s start with what most parents suspect already: Less and less children read print books these days.
In fact, a survey of 2,000 British children and parents conducted by Nielsen Book in June 2013, found that in just one year (2012-2013), children’s reading habits have changed dramatically:
- The percentage of children aged 11-17 who don’t read books at all, more than doubled – rising from 13% to 27%.
- The percentage of children who used to read a book occasionally – dropped from 45% to 38%.
- Some good news still remain – 32% of children still read books for pleasure on a daily basis.
The above numbers are in line with book industry figures showing an 8% year-on-year drop in (printed) books bought for children.