In the fall of 2014, Scholastic surveyed a sample of children ages 6-17 along with a group of parents. They asked them about their reading habits. The full survey can be found at 2014 Scholastic Study.
There are many interesting findings in the study. One question asked children, “What do you look for when reading a book?” (please select all that apply.) Here are the results:
Make me laugh – 70%
Let me use my imagination- 54%
Tell a made up story – 48%
Have characters I wish to be like because they are smart, strong and brave – 43%
Teach me something new – 43%
Have a mystery or problem to solve – 41%
Tell a true story (nonfiction)- 31%
Are a little scary – 30%
Let me forget about real life for a while – 26%
Are about things I experience in my life – 25%
Have characters that look like me – 17%
Have characters that are in love – 17%
Due to the collective stress we adults are feeling due to the tumultuous political environment, let’s not lose our sense of humor. While we want to educate kids so they make good decisions, let’s not forget to make them laugh along the way.