A new study by Australia’s National Library of Australia suggests children have less books per day than they did 20 years ago.
Key points:Children are reading less per week, with one in three children not reading a book on average per dayA child is reading one book per week on average, compared to one book a week 20 years previouslyChildren are also reading less on average than they were 20 years earlierThe research is the first to show children are falling short of reading books as a whole, according to the research agency.
It found children are being exposed to less books on average and fewer books in general per week.
The study looked at the books children read, the number of times they read them, the amount they read each day, and how often they read in a week.
It showed the trend in children’s books per child had dropped to one in five in 2010-11.
It said there were three reasons for the drop in children reading:The National Library said children were reading less in general; they were not reading books at the same time as they were reading them in general and they were more likely to read one book in a day.
“It seems children are not reading enough books, because they are not really engaging in a book at the moment,” Associate Professor John Taylor said.
“So children are also not engaging in that, so they’re not getting the same reading as they did in the past.”
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