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. The percentage of children who read for pleasure was slightly higher in urban areas (84.8 percent) than in large and small rural areas (79.5 and 81.6 percent, respectively).

In all locations, older children (aged 12–17) were more likely to read for more than 30 minutes a day than younger children (aged 6–11). Among 12- to 17-year olds, those in urban areas were slightly more likely to read for pleasure for more than 30 minutes per day than those in large rural areas (47.8 versus 43.0 percent, respectively). There were no significant differences across locations among children aged 6–11 years.

Girls were also more likely to read for pleasure than boys in all locations. Approximately half of girls in all locations read for more than 30 minutes a day, compared to less than 36 percent of boys. Females in small rural areas were significantly more likely to read for more than 30 minutes a day compared to their large rural peers, however, no other differences were significant across locations.

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