Blogging NPR: Americans Don't Read

Blogging NPR: Americans Don't Read

Sep 12, 2007

Reading is on the decline in America, and as reported in a recent recent NPR story, according to a poll conducted by The Associated Press and Ipsos, a market-research firm, the average American adult read only four books last year, and 25% of American adults read no books at all. A NEA report stated that only 57% of American adults had read at least one book in 2002.

Within the bad news is some gender difference - women read more than men, and are more likely to read fiction, and some of the reasons given include the empathy factor, and the idea that stems for childhood reading patterns and states that girls have the patience for reading that boys may not have.

We wonder what the implications of this lack of reading will be for the generation we are currently raising, and more importantly, what we can do at home to avoid raising an adult that can honestly report having not read one book in an entire year. Is reading a priority in your household? Do you have any ideas for inspiring your kids to make reading a personal priority in their lives?

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