Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Surprise! Kids are Reading (Duh)


Just something quick for you today. All you authors out there, but especially we kidlit authors, will be glad to hear: kids read.

Haha, I know. Obvious right? But according to this story, on NPR's Morning Edition today, kids are reading more than adults. And that's great news, isn't it?

Seriously, check the story out. It's not even a full story, really, just a quick bit about books and readers. The audio won't be available until 9 AM, but you can read the transcript at that link, above.

22 comments:

JeffO said...

I'm not surprised that kids are reading, really. What surprised me is what they had to say about e-books. I thought my daughters, who don't like e-books, were at the far end of the curve. Thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That is good news!

Simon C. said...

Well, *my* kids read more than me, all the time, but that's a bit of a skewed sample, there.

#dayjobbery #alas

Natalie Aguirre said...

That is good news. Though I'm not sure when high school kids have time with their busy school schedule, homework, sports, and other activities. Seems like high school should lighten up a bit so they can read more for enjoyment.

JennaQuentin said...

My dad passes NPR stories on to me too - thanks for sharing!

Tonja said...

My teen is definitely reading less fiction and more textbooks, but my pre-teen reads a lot.

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome - I know the kids in my class always love to read :)

T. Drecker said...

I know several kids and pre-teens, who can't get their hands on books fast enough. Hopefully, they keep it up ;)

Tim Riley said...

I'm a middle school teacher, and I've always felt the talk about the demise of reading was off. I see lots of kids reading, even the boys these days.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

That's awesome news!

Richard said...

That's good to hear. Kids are the future, so the future looks a little brighter.

Joshua said...

Wait...I'm supposed to be teaching my kids to read for themselves? So THAT'S what I've been doing wrong.

Nancy Thompson said...

It's up to parents to instill that love of reading in their children at a very young age. I know I did. I just wish my parents had done that for me. I missed a lot as a child.

Michael Di Gesu said...

Fantastic news!

Thanks to JK Rowling. She started kids and adults to read again... Glad to see the next generation is keeping it up!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

That's because adults are watching Honey Boo Boo, Desperate House Wives, The Voice, and Dancing with the Stars.

I think NPR got this wrong anyway.

To separate kids and adults is stupid. In America, people that are 34 are still acting like kids.

So they should have done it by age groups. People over 40 have generally become "adults" by this time. Although I still know some guys that haven't grown up by that age.

Steven said...

I've never gone through a reading slump phase. I do think parenting and the lifestyle in the household are the biggest factors that determine reading frequency and depth. My mother read Shakespeare out loud while she breast fed us, and that was how life is. I absolutely agree that many adults waste time on TV and then say they don't have time to read. It's all about lifestyle.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I just feel like this has always been the case, but what the hell do i know?

Bryan Russell said...

Kids are probably smarter, too. I know mine are.

Andrew Leon said...

Interesting...

Stephsco said...

Well, I watch The Voice, but I read too. :)

Family Blog said...

Now if we can just keep them reading once they're adults.

farawayeyes said...

There is hope and hopefully everybody is reading more and more.