From a young age, many parents bond with their children over reading their favorite books, and a new survey reveals just how important books are in most families. The poll, conducted by Thriftbooks, finds:
- Half of parents buy books for their child once or a few times a month.
- Surprisingly, men are more likely than women to buy their kids books (54% vs. 44%).
- And most kids love it ,with 76% of parents saying their child loves filling their shelves with books.
- 62% of kids have their own book shelves, while 48% say theirs is full.
- The average child actually has 26 books, 21 of which they chose themselves, with only 6% required reading for school.
And books can really be a great way for families to connect.
- In fact, 58% of parents say they love sharing their favorite books with their kids.
- That’s more than those who enjoy sharing favorite TV shows (50%), toys (47%) and places or experiences (44%).
- 65% of both parents and children say they enjoy reading often.
- Because of that, the average parent and child will spend five hours reading each week.
- As for what they like to read, parents say their kids’ favorite genres include:
- Adventure books (32%)
- Fantasy (27%)
- Fiction (27%)
- Mystery (27%)
Source: SWNS Digital