92 Per Cent Of Children Read Books For Fun At Least One Day A Week: KFRR Survey

Here are a few key things to know about the reading habits in the kids.


Reading is a cognitive process that augments our critical thinking and imparts knowledge. It is a multi-dimensional process involving word recognition, conception, fluency, and motivation. Reading is not limited to any age group or gender. Scholastic India urges parents to try their best to inculcate the habit of reading in their children early on, so it stays with them a lifetime.

Here are a few key things to know about the reading habits in the kids:

What do kids think about reading?

According to a survey conducted by Scholastic India, more than 77% of children believe reading books for fun is extremely or very important. This includes leisure books or storybooks and not the books that are part of their curriculum.

There is also a section of kids who may nonchalantly ‘read books’ just out of parents’ pressure.

Younger kids vs Older kids

Younger kids like reading short stories that contain pictures. They tend to lean more towards comic books and fairy tales. The survey finds younger kids to read more for leisure while the older kids read more for learning.

As they grow, they grasp the more complex concepts. Some start understanding the value of reading, while others simply find it entertaining. Many consider it a valuable source of knowledge. Older kids start reading small anthologies, short stories, general awareness books, a news piece, an article on a contemporary issue or anything that keep them engaged and entertained.

On the other hand, as children grow, there are many different things competing with reading for their attention.

Older kids, particularly children aged 15–17, engage themselves with video games or outdoor games. Others may like watching a video on YouTube or spending time on their mobile phones and computers. These kids emphasize that strong computer skills and acute thinking skills are equally essential.

What parents think?

Parents believe that reading different kinds of books and newspapers enhances the critical thinking abilities of their children. It is essential to read newspapers on a daily basis to keep oneself aware of the world around them. Developing vocabulary and language skills is another imperative advantage that parents want their children to imbibe from reading. Different books are written in varied languages also help kids in learning new languages.

In today’s time, parents are also concerned about the amount of time their children spend on reading and other screen-related activities.

What does the current trend say?

As per the survey, around 30 per cent of children consider themselves “good” readers and this confidence surge with age.

32 per cent of children report that they are frequent readers, but overall, nine in every ten kids i.e 92% say that they read books for fun at least one day a week.

Across ages, close to nine in every ten kids say that they know they should read more books for fun. Similarly, nine in every ten parent wishes that their kids would read more books for fun.

What do kids like to read?

Kids aged 6-8 years like to read books that make them laugh.

Kids aged 9-11 years like books that tell a true story.

Kids aged 12-14 years want books that are a little scary.

Kids aged 15-17 years want books that let them forget about real life for a while and have smart or brave characters.

Gender Perspective

In terms of gender, girls are more likely than boys to say they ‘love’ reading books for fun.

Girls are more likely than boys to value strong reading skills and social skills, but less likely to value strong computer skills and physical or athletic skills, according to the survey.

The sample size of the survey involved about 1000 children aged 6-17years and 400 parents.

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