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Sep 02

The Book-Reading Habits of Students in American Schools

What Kids Are Reading 2014 Report | www.whenigrowupbooks.comDo you ever wonder about the book-reading habits of students in American schools? The report, What Kids Are Reading (Renaissance Learning) gives a good peek. Based on data from more than 9.8 million kids from 31,195 U.S. schools, who read over 318 million books during the 2012–2013 school year, this is the sixth year the report has been presented. It offers an interesting perspective for students, teachers, and parents. With participants having read over 318 million books during the 2012–2013 school year, the report includes:

  • Top 20 books read overall and by gender for grades 1–12
  • Top 20 nonfiction books read overall and by gender for grades 1–12
  • A three-year look at reading trends for college and career-readiness exemplars

With an introduction by Alexa Posny, Ph.D., who has over three decades former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services in the U.S. Department of Education and currently acts as Senior Vice

President of State and Federal Programs for Renaissance Leaning, the report is based on the Accelerated Reader database and represents the most comprehensive study to capture students’ reading behaviors.

Shares Posny, “Over the last six years we’ve seen a number of interesting changes to the books on these lists. Modern favorites like Twilight and the Harry Potter books have been replaced by Divergent and The Hunger Games , with classics such as Green Eggs and Ham, The Outsiders, and Of Mice and Men standing the test of time (likely with some help from teachers who may guide or require students to read these titles).”

In addition to interesting tidbits such as this, you can view:

This year’s report focuses significantly on digital reading.

Read the full report.

We hope that one day, as we continue to grow, Wigu Books, will make the report!