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Do children like to read?

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  • Stephen Krashen
    Recent Gallup poll results. Gallup interviewed 607 parents of children ages 6-11. 88% of the parents told Gallup that their child likes to read. When asked,
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      Recent Gallup poll results. Gallup interviewed 607 parents of
      children ages 6-11. 88% of the parents told Gallup that their child
      likes to read. When asked, "which of the following is the main reason
      your child doesn't read more often just for fun" the responses were:
      Too many distractions (TV, video games) = 44%
      Too many extracurricular activities (eg sports, music and dance lessons) = 25%
      Homework = 19%
      Child doesn't like to read = 6%

      ONLY 6%, according to parents, DON'T LIKE TO READ!

      For similar results, and some self-promotion, see:

      Krashen, S. 2001. Do teenagers like to read? Yes! Reading Today 18(5): 16
      Krashen, S. and Von Sprecken, D.. 2002. Is there a decline in the
      reading romance? Knowledge Quest 30(3): 11-17.
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