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Facts about Children’s Literacy

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a division of the U.S. Department of Education 1, children who are read to at home enjoy a substantial advantage over children who are not.





  • Twenty-six percent of children who were read to three or four times in the last week by a family member recognized all letters of the alphabet. This is compared to 14 percent of children who were read to less frequently.

  • The NCES1 also reported that children who were read to frequently are also more likely to:

  • count to 20, or higher than those who were not (60% vs. 44%)

  • write their own names (54% vs. 40%)

  • read or pretend to read (77% vs. 57%)

The U.S. Department of Education found that, generally, the more students read for fun on their own time, the higher their reading scores.


1 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2000.

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