What (and How) Kids are Reading 2019 Report

An independent study by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Educational and Social Research, School of Education, University of Dundee

“This mental and physical state of reading – calm, focused and attentive, is increasingly hard to attain in our digitally distracted world, and today’s children face many competing demands on their time. Some will enjoy reading more than others, but every child should be given the space and freedom to develop powers of concentration, stillness and deep thought.


Piers Torday, Author
‘The Last Wild’ (shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal) and ‘The Dark’ (won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize).

Key Finding

Reading time has a direct bearing on vocabulary expansion, and there is a fascinating chart (below) that shows the stark contrast between students who read for more than 30 minutes a day, and those reading for only half that time.

ERT is estimated engaged reading time

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