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Survey Finds ‘One in 20 Youngsters Have Never Read a Book’

Approximately 700 children participated in a Reader’s Digest literacy poll. The survey found that “one in 20 youngsters have never read a book.” Another third admitted that they occasionally read books.

According to the Telegraph, 2,000 parents were also polled. The article explained: “It found 76% of adults had encountered bad literacy amongst youngsters, with one in 10 having been ‘shocked’ by their own child’s poor spelling and reading skills. More than half of the adults polled said they had difficulty getting their children to read books outside school.”

Psychology professor Dr. Robert Weis studied how to get boys to read. He encouraged parents to restrict access to video games and the Internet while providing reading material and quiet space. Share your suggestions in the comments section.

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How to Get Boys to Read

How do you get young boys to read?  Some theorize that limiting video game and Internet usage will help.

The Wall Street Journal reported on a study by Denison University psychology professor, Dr. Robert Weis. An excerpt: “Boys with video games at home, [Weis] found, spend more time playing them than reading … The secret to raising boys who read, I submit, is pretty simple—keep electronic media, especially video games and recreational Internet, under control (that is to say, almost completely absent). Then fill your shelves with good books.”

The idea is to create the best environment possible to coax and foster a love of reading. Provide a quiet space and a selection of good reading material. It can be a commercial Goosebumps title by R.L. Stein or a literary classic like C.S. LewisThe Chronicles of Narnia.

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