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Children’s Reading Statistics and Facts

Learning to read is a big step in any child’s life and opens the door to a future of learning. As a parent, it can be difficult to know all of the most up to date facts and statistics about children’s literacy and learning to read! In this post we will review everything you need to know about Children’s Reading, including helpful book apps like HOOT!, important timelines and milestone plus key facts and figures from experts at places like the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Literacy, and top Universities and Researchers across the country.

2021 Statistics and Facts

  • Providing kids with a stream of age-appropriate books can triple interest in childhood reading (Harris, L., 2003)
  • Children who are provided with an informal environment to choose what they read show better reading and literacy skills (The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research, 2004)
  • Kids who are read to by Mom and Dad are twice as likely to score in the top 25% percentile in reading (U.S. Department of Education, 2002)
  • Students with more types of reading material test higher-than-average on reading and language arts testing (U.S. Department of Education, 2001)
  • About 1 in 3 children start Kindergarten without basic reading and learning skills (University of Texas, 2005)
  • Only 35% of public school students read at or above the Proficient level, in Texas the average drops to only 25% (U.S. Department of Education, 2017)
  • Kids who regularly ready have better language skills, larger vocabularies and high cognitive skills than non-readers (Child Development, 2006)
  • 47% of fourth graders from low-income families read below the basic level (
  • 80%+ of children from low-income families low access to books and other reading opportunities over the summer month
  • Children who are read to frequently are: more likely to count to 20, write their own name and read (NCES)
  • The number of books in a childs home correlates with their ability to read later in life (The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions, 1998)

Are you a parent looking for books to read with your child? HOOT! has a library of more than 50 books that are perfect for kids in Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

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