Reading for Pleasure
Parents of school-aged children (aged 6-17 years) were asked how much time their child spent reading for pleasure on an average school day. Overall, 84.2 percent of children in this age group read for pleasure for some amount of time, and those who did read were reported to spend an average of 61.1 minutes per school day reading.
Girls are more likely to read for pleasure than boys. Of girls aged 6-17 years, 88.7 percent were reported to read for pleasure on an average school day, compared to 79.9 percent of boys in this age group.
Younger children are more apt to read for pleasure than older children. Of children aged 6-11 years, 89.9 percent read for pleasure, compared to 78.8 percent of adolescents aged 12-17 years.