Tuesday February 28, 2012

Boys closing reading gap with girls in today's Guardian talks about a study from Professor Keith Topping of Dundee University. They looked at 210,000 kids and their reading habits from just over 1200 schools across the UK. It's all part of the What Kids are Reading 2012 report. We've examined this issue before...but the finding that the average level of difficulty starts quite high - and the kids meet their expectations - then starts dropping when the kids get to about nine...Topping calls that "alarming".

The study also looks at the favourite authors that kids are reading...here's their list:

  1. Roald Dahl
  2. Roderick Hunt
  3. Jeff Kinney - Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  4. Francesca Simon
  5. JK Rowling
  6. Allan Ahlberg
  7. Stephenie Meyer
  8. Jacqueline Wilson
  9. Michael Morpurgo
  10. Dav Pilkey

Have you seen our list? Or rather, your list?  We asked you to submit your favourites...and then there was the What Book Should Every Kid Read contest in which you submitted a book that every kid should read during their childhood - even the experts were impressed by that...

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