April 2, 2018

Two in Five Kids Are Read To Less Than Four Days a Week

Data on parents who read aloud to their children

When it comes to supporting literary development in young kids, the advice to parents is clear: Crack open a book — daily — and read aloud to your child.

This simple act — modeling a love of reading and supporting — the habit of reading yields outsized returns. Strong literary skills set the stage for future learning and academic success, according to research.

Yet, from 2015 to 2016, 42% kids in the nation's five-and-under age group had family members sitting down and reading to them less than four days a week.

Across the United States, the rates for this statistic range from high of 56% in Alabama to a low of 22% in Maine.

Race and ethnicity appear to make a difference, too. More than half of all young children who identify as American Indian, Latino, or Asian and Pacific Islander are read to less than four times a week.

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