Major drop in teens and reading

I just read this article on the Washington post about reading rates in American teens. The study showed that 48% of kids age 6-8 would read for pleasure daily. By the age of 15 that number drops to 24%. It's been getting worse, not better. 30 years ago 70% of 13 year olds would read outside of school at least once a week, today only 53% do. They attribute it to lack of good reading material and lack of time to read it.

I loved to read as a kid. I got my first chapter book at 4 years old and read EVERY night. It was my favorite part of the day because I could escape from reality and get lost in those stories. I absolutely loved books. I feel like reading so much improved my creativity, language skills, critical thinking skills, and comprehension skills. All of which has been a huge benefit in my life. It's impacted everything from my success in college to my success in my work life. It makes me sad to think that so many kids are missing out on such a simple thing that could make their lives so much better.

I feel like parents focus a lot on kids reading when they're little. We get those cute picture books and read bed time stories, but when they grow up we stop encouraging reading. Teenagers get bogged down with homework, sports, and jobs. After reading textbooks all day the last thing they want to do is sit down and read a novel, but they really should. I admit that I didn't read as much in high school as I did when I was younger. I was stressed out and overworked - all I wanted to do was sleep. If I hadn't had such a strong foundation of reading already I probably would have stopped all together.

I will do my best to keep Avery interested in reading. Right now we read picture books, but as soon as I can I will start reading a chapter a night of bigger books. I think starting at a young age is key. But as she grows I really want to try to encourage books over other forms of entertainment like TV and Texting.

What do you do to keep your kids interested in reading?

    As I was reading the first paragraph of your post I started thinking "it's probably because there's nothing good for them to read anymore" I know when I was young there were tons of books that I would read and my mom would read as well because they were SO GOOD! Now there are very few "teen" reading level books that I read - Hunger Games and Twlight... though I'm not sure I would consider either of them appropriate for teens.
      8Theresa Gould
      My teens LOVE to read, as a matter of fact they read so much we tell them they are reading too much and we have other things to do! lol! Of course my husband and I look at each other when we say that because of the irony of it. But taking away books or the library is punishment for them, not that we do it regularly but if we are desperate we have said no library. Aren't we cruel?
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      I'm the proud mama of my daughter Avery, born on June 6, 2013. I'm 26 years old, I work from home as a graphic designer, I will be testing for my 5th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do in 2015. My husband, Derek, and I have been happily married for 3 years.