83% of Kids Love Being Read Aloud To: Scholastic

By Dianna Dilworth 

Most parents of small children know the benefits of reading to kids, but older kids can also benefit from the activity.

In fact, 83 percent of kids ages 6 to 17  say they love being read aloud to, according to Scholastic’s “Kids & Family Reading Report: 5th edition.”

The report found that parents often stop reading to their kids as they get older and can read independently, yet 40 percent of kids ages 6 to 11, said they wish their parents kept reading aloud to them, mainly because of the special time together. Ninety-one percent of kids said they prefer books “I picked out myself” and 70 percent like books “that make me laugh.”