Summer Reading and Children
Date posted: June 16, 2017
How do Canadian children and their parents feel about summer reading? 96% of Canadian parents and 84% of their children agree that summer reading is important and fun. But, the positive attitude doesn’t always get translated into reading behaviour. Just over half of children will read during the summer without prompting, and an additional third will read if parents work at it.*
What do parents do to encourage summer reading?
The top choice is taking kids to the library. And, one way that public libraries support summer reading is through their summer reading programs. This year’s BC Summer Reading Club theme is Walk on the Wild Side. With activities, stories, songs, and recommended books for preschoolers, primary children and tweens, the public library is a strong resource for families.
*These results are from the 2017 Kids & Family Reading Report Canadian edition. This is the first year that Scholastic’s Kids & Family Reading survey was conducted in Canada. It asked children and their parents about their attitudes and behaviours around reading books for fun.