Nightly Bedtime Stories A Thing of The Past, According To Survey

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By Beth Bacon

33 percent of parents read bedtime stories daily with their children

Only 33% of parents read bedtime stories daily.

Just about every parent in the US has heard about the importance of regular reading with young children. Only one–third of parents with kids age eight and younger, however, make nightly reading a habit, according to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive and sponsored by Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s.

“Bedtime stories build the foundation for future achievement,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. Many sources of research show that daily reading at an early age can help build brain pathways, stimulate language development, enrich vocabularies, and lengthen attention spans.

Devices such as video games, the internet, and television compete with books, both digital and printed, reducing the time children and parents read together.

Findings include:

• 87% of parents say they currently read bedtime stories with their children, but only 33% read bedtime stories daily with their children.

• Children of families with an annual household income below $35,000 are more likely to watch TV (40%) than read books (35%).

 Printed versus digital book use:

• 76% of parents of children age eight and younger prefer printed books.

• 20% of parents who read both digital and printed books to their children prefer printed books.

• 17% of parents use a combination of printed and e-books.

Macy’s, one of the survey’s sponsors, donates books to children in need through RIF. This summer, the retailer will be distributing its 10 millionth free book.

Image of family reading  via Shutterstock.

8 thoughts on “Nightly Bedtime Stories A Thing of The Past, According To Survey

  1. Marie

    I read to my daughter every night. By the age of two, she could tell me the whole One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish book. I would turn the pages and she would say what was on the page. Just like she was reading it. To this day, she loves books. She has enough books for a library, I think. She did wonderful in School, and just graduated from Ohio University’s Scripps School of Journalism. Anyone need a wonderful writer? She would love a Journalism job! I wish I could tell the world, please read to your kids! It is so important, and it makes a world of difference, it really does!

  2. Sherrie Timmons

    I am raising my 6 yr old grandson, it is required by the school that we do 15-20 minutes every night as part of their homework, we read every night usually at bedtime his favorite book that he loves for me to read is ” In the night Kitchen” by Maurice Sendeck, great story.. We read and go to the library 3 to 4 times a week I feel reading is such an important essential in their growth my grandson calls this Grandma and Cameron time he even hangs a do not disturb sign on his door so no one enters the room during our time together, I enjoy this time with him great Quality time.

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  5. MarylandBill

    I think we need to distinguish between reading to your child daily, and reading bedtime stories. If I was asked whether my children get read a nightly bedtime story, I would have to say no. I usually tell them stories at bedtime that are either stories I learned as a boy or are made up on the spot. That does not, however mean that my kids are not read to daily. My wife reads to the kids every day, and I read to them almost every day.

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