Two in Five Kids Are Read To Less Than Four Days a Week

Posted April 3, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Data on parents who read aloud to their children.

When it comes to supporting literary development in young kids, the advice to parents is clear: Crack open a book — daily — and read aloud to your child.

This simple act — modeling a love of reading and supporting — the habit of reading yields outsized returns. Strong literary skills set the stage for future learning and academic success, according to research.

Yet, from 2015 to 2016, 42% kids in the nation's five-and-under age group had family members sitting down and reading to them less than four days a week.

Across the United States, the rates for this statistic range from high of 56% in Alabama to a low of 22% in Maine.

Race and ethnicity appear to make a difference, too. More than half of all young children who identify as American Indian, Latino, or Asian and Pacific Islander are read to less than four times a week.

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