Why Kids Stop Reading for Fun by Age 9 (and What to Do About It) 


“A national reading survey by Scholastic reveals something they’re calling the “decline by nine.” According to the report, the percentage of kids defined as frequent readers—those who read books for fun five to seven days a week— drops from 57% among 8-year-olds to 35% among 9-year-olds. Between ages eight and nine, the number of kids who say they love reading plummets from 40% to 28%. What happens during this year, and more importantly, what can parents do to keep their young readers reading, willingly?”

  1. Don’t stop reading to your kids once they learn how to read
  2. Use the in-between moments
  3. Start a book club with your tween
  4. Remember that comic books are books
  5. See technology as a bridge—not a barrier—to reading
  6. Model reading