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Wednesday 3 January 2024

Australia Reads research

Did you know? 

Three-year-olds who can name a favourite book are better readers at age seven.

Of those children aged 6–8 whose parents no longer read books aloud at home, half (51%) did not want their parents to stop.

The top barriers to teens reading were the difficulty of choosing a good book (61%), followed by lack of free time (56%).

Exposure to larger home libraries in adolescence has a positive direct effect on adult literacy, numeracy, and information and communications technology skills.

These are just some of the findings of an Australia Reads research review.

Australia Reads is a not-for-profit collaboration between four organisations: the Australian Library and Information Association, Australian Publishers Association, Australian Society of Authors, and the BookPeople. The Australia Reads mission is ‘to get more people reading more books, more often …. [because reading] is the key to a healthier, happier and more connected nation’. It's a big mission, but an important one!

You can read more about the research review on the Australia Reads website where you can also subscribe to receive updates about Australia Reads news and information.