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To Read or Not to Read November 20, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, great ideas, J is for Juvenile.
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From To Read or Not To Read (Research Report #47), courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts yesterday announced the release of To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence

“…a new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns in the United States. To Read or Not To Read gathers statistics from more than 40 studies on the reading habits and skills of children, teenagers, and adults. The compendium reveals recent declines in voluntary reading and test scores alike, exposing trends that have severe consequences for American society.”

One way to respond to this news, and to draw attention to it, might be to print one or two of these graphs and post them alongside a display of family reading – books that appeal to broad age ranges that a family can read together.

Here are a few very good booklists for family reading:

Books Young Adults will Enjoy, by Marylaine Block
Rise Up Reading! A Bibliography for Children’s Book Week 2007 created by Becky Anderson, Anderson’s Bookshops
Children’s Classic Literature by Englewood Public Schools
MotherReader’s Best Books of 2007 (So Far) Megalist

Or, since the report finds that the amount of time a child spends reading is directly proportional to the number of books in the house, post news of the report that directs your customers to your Sale Books.

The PDF of this 98-page report is available here.

A PDF of the Executive Summary, 20 pages and loaded with graphics, is here.

And the graphs are available here. They are easy-access: downloadable, printable, and not PDF files. The graph at the head of this post is from this page.

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