Literature review commisioned by the Australia Council for the Arts.

The ACA commissioned a review to summarise what is known about Australian children’s leisure reading and to identify a) their habits b) if there are opportunities or barriers to their reading c) who are the key influences d) how does technology affect them e) what is the future trends or issues emerging in research.
The good news Australian kids are similar to the US and UK where there is an increase in children being introduced to other cultural activities and arts but there is a decline in children reading for leisure.
Having books in the family home, young children need to discover the world of libraries from a very early age and they definitely need to have “parents who enjoy reading and encourage their children to read.”
A factor that is disheartening but a reality is that socio-demographics and nationality of parents also influence children and their reading habits.
There was no research on how e-books have influenced if at all the reading of Australian children.
I know with my children, they all have kindles, they love getting a book immediately if they can from Amazon but many new release children’s books are unavailable and so after some nagging I drive them to the local bookstore to procure this must have novel. If they had a choice I believe they would prefer to have the physical book over an e-book.
This study and others highlight that we need to overcome any hurdles to ensure all children have the opportunity to love reading.
Permanent URL to literature review http://apo.org.au/node/38507

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