Number of kids reading e-books has doubled.

A STUDY revealed that the percentage of children who have read an e-book has almost doubled since 2010 (25% vs. 46%).

A Scholastic research shows 72% of parents are interested in having their child read e-books and from these figures, 80% of kids who read e-books still read books for leisure primarily in print.

The study, Kids’ Reading in the Digital Age, was conducted in the United States across 2,090 children and parents, which studied how e-books were affecting reading habits among children.

The study also underlined the importance of parents in helping their children developing an appetite for reading: 65% of parents of six to eight-year-olds read to their children at least weekly with 37% of parents reading with their seven to nine-year-old children. It was discovered that parents who read to their children had a longer lasting impression, as these children will reflect upon the experiences in their adolescent years.

“Reading is more than just acquiring knowledge, it maximises the ability to communicate and the capacity for imagination and creativity. It expands vocabulary, improves grammar, and helps understand the varied experiences of life. The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity; finding books that they enjoy, giving them access to those books, and letting them read. It is heartening to know that the demand for reading amongst children is gaining prominence regardless of the reading material,” added Dr. Duriya Aziz, Vice President, Education International Group, Scholastic Asia.

Themed “Reading Expands Your Knowledge”, Scholastic’s READ2013 recently worked in partnership with the Ministry of Education’s reading programme which saw the participation of over four million students nationwide. Playing its part, Scholastic donated 125,000 books to schools that participated, to add to their reading resources. Through the years, the campaign has worked in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in the shared cause for inculcating the reading habit.

> For more information on READ2013, visit www.readtogether.com.my.