Is Your Child Embarrassed to Read?

Is Your Child Embarrassed to Read?

Over the past few years some research has been done that has produced some really sad news about how children feel about reading.  In fact, 1/3 more children are actually embarrassed to read according to a recently published research from 2005 to 2012.  Why would reading be embarrassing?  I guess with all of the other cool technology out there reading is losing some of it’s cool factor.

In the latest research, the Trust surveyed 35,000 children aged eight to 16-year-olds as part of a regular study charting pupils’ experiences of reading.

It emerged that:

• The number of children reading in their own time fell by a quarter from 38.1 per cent in 2005 to 28.4 per cent at the end of 2012;business-163462_640

• Almost a third more children are “embarrassed to be seen reading” than they were just two years ago, with numbers rising from 16.6 to 21.5 per cent;

• Children who do not think “reading is cool” are four times more likely to be below average readers – 22.7 per cent compared with 5.8 per cent who are not embarrassed to read a book;

• More than a quarter of children (26.6 per cent) insisted their parents did not care if they read.


According to this research 10% of our children are reading during their own time.  These are really sad statistics because reading is such a pivotal part of our society. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t read something.  Reading for pleasure is my favorite past time activity.

The last statistic just shocks me.  Seriously, there are adults who do not care if their child reads?  Really?  How can this be?  I guess if you didn’t particularly like reading yourself, it is probably hard to convince your child that it is important, but still, what is happening with our next generation of kids.  Are we instilling the right values?  How can we do better?

I would love to know your take on this.  What do you think of these statistics?


  1. WOW. I find it hard to believe that there are parents who don’t care about their child’s education! I’m so thankful my parents instilled a love of reading in me when I was very small, and I still love to read today!
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  2. I was interested and surprised by your title in Ubc. I am a homeschooling mom. I think it is an unconscious that my sons don’t want to read in front of many people. They just read before sleeping and really stuck to the book so they don’t want to stop. Thank you very much for sharing. I really mean it. Nice to see you.
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