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, 84.0 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 64 minutes per school day reading.

Girls are more likely to read for pleasure than boys. Of girls aged 6-17 years, 49.4 percent were reported to read for pleasure for at least 30 minutes on an average school day, compared to 35.7 percent of boys in this age group.