One highlight from the story is:
â€œOne in four Americans read no books last year.â€
Makes me wonder how books stores stay in business? Do people buy books, but not read them?
The article does point out that women are some of the most avid readers.
â€œOf those who did read, women and seniors were most avid.â€
When I talk to people about books, it seems that many donâ€™t really read that much. Who has time? People are too busy â€” kids, work, house work, school, meals, home work, sports â€¦ there is little time for leisure.
Reading also competes with activities such as TV and movies. Personally, I love all three: TV, movies and books. Maybe itâ€™s storytelling that I love.
Iâ€™m always reading a book, always. I donâ€™t consider myself a fast reader and complete only an average of 12-15 books a year, but I read more than most people I know (although I know several who read several books per month!). And, each year there are books that I start, but donâ€™t finish â€¦ which far outweighs the number of books I complete. I need to be engaged with the book to complete it. When I was younger, I would read the book in its entirety, no matter what. Now that Iâ€™m older, Iâ€™ve given myself permission to stop reading a book if Iâ€™m just not into it.
Whatâ€™s most important about this reading poll, is whatâ€™s not mentioned â€“ the importance of getting kids to read. We need to read to our children every day to instill a good reading habit. Hereâ€™s a brochure with tips on getting kids to read, from the American Library Association — How to Raise a Reader
Here are a few of my favorite tips from the brochure:
Raising a Reader:
- Begin when your child is born and spend time reading every day.
- Visit the library.
- Choose books with colorful pictures and simple wordsâ€”or no words at all.
- Read with expressionâ€” or just tell the story in your own words.
- Hold the book so your child can see the pictures clearly.
- Let your baby play with the book.
- Encourage your toddler to point out objects, repeat words, and talk about the story.
- Reread your childâ€™s favorite books over and over again.
- Ask the child open-ended questions about the story: â€œWhat do you think will happen next?â€
- Encourage older children to read to their younger brothers and sisters.
- Be an example to your children; let them see you read books too.