Childhood Reading Research

  • Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in Americapublished by the NEA. A report presenting the results from the literature segment of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted by the Census Bureau in 2002 at the NEA’s request. The survey asked more than 17,000 adults if during the previous 12 months they had read any novels, short stories, poetry or plays in their leisure time, that were not required for work or school.

  • To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequencepublished by the NEA. A new and comprehensive analysis of reading patterns of children, teenagers, and adults in the United States.
     
  • The Brain and Reading, by Sebastien Wren, Ph.D, a brief, fascinating article describing exactly what happens in the brain when it is engaged in the act of reading.
     
  • BalancedReading.comthe personal reading research and information website of Sebastien Wren, Ph.D, with numerous articles on methods of reading education, research into childhood reading, and just a lot of information. Interesting to explore.
     
  • The Importance of Reading Alouda bullet-point list of the educational and developmental benefits of reading, often with references for further study.
     
  • Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidencean article published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood that provides an overview of key research on reading aloud to young children, and its influence on children’s language and literacy development