Does that include magazines? My kids love their magazines (Highlights, Ranger Rick Jr., Ask, Boys Life, etc.).http://news.yahoo.com/u-childr en-read-not-well-often-report- 041325597.html
" Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report released on Monday...."
"The report found that the percentage of nine-year-old children reading for pleasure once or more per week had dropped from 81 percent in 1984 to 76 percent in 2013, based on government studies. There were even larger decreases among older children...."
Unless they include comic books in the 1984 statistic, I call BS. I don't for a second believe that 81 percent of 9 year old kids were reading that often for pleasure.
There are some awesome book series for 9 year olds out now. It is a shame that more parents don't take their kids to the library.