This got me wondering. How many parents actually read aloud to their children?
I am no expert on reading statistics so I did what most people would do... I searched the Internet and found a few statistics as reported by the The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES Fast Facts, Family Reading) in 2001. Their study showed a range depending on the age of the child, as well as the race and family income level. Still the statistics are astounding! For two year-olds the highest percentage of children read to by an adult (eg. parent) is still under 60% with the lowest being under 30%. It was worse with four year-olds as the high end was only 50% and the low end dropped to 20%!
I realize that literacy is definitely a serious problem in the 21st century and it grieves me to see it perpetuated in future generations. It also bothers me that so few parents (who can read) do not take more advantage of the free books offered through public libraries. With such availability I think there should be no excuse to share 30 minutes a day to read, tell stories, or look at pictures books with a child. As they saying goes: #Fail!