National Literacy Trust survey on children/young adult reading in the UK

The UK’s National Literacy Trust recently published its annual survey, which includes a significant amount of data regarding the reading habits of children and teens in the UK.

Close to 35,000 children and teens aged 8-16 were surveyed. There are the typical sometimes-depressing-but-expected results (23.4% rarely or never read outside of class, text messages and websites are the most commonly-read texts outside of class, and kids who like reading are much more likely to read above age level), but one highlighted result really stands out:

21.5% of the children and teens surveyed said that they would be embarrassed if their friends saw them reading.

I suppose I should be glad this number isn’t higher, but…God.

Link to the survey’s page at the NLT (with link to downloadable .pdf of the full children & teens report)

A Guardian article about the study


Allegiant soon!

Insurgent has taken a backseat to my honors-class-prep reading in the last month (booo) (except that I’ve now reread To Kill a Mockingbird and Ender’s Game, so only a small boo).

BUT…less than two weeks until Allegiant!

USA Today did a great interview with Veronica Roth back in September. Maybe it will help ease the end of your wait.

New bookless public library

…opened in San Antonio last month.

It claims to offer lots of “traditional” library services (computer access, classes, children’s story time, study space) and an e-reader program where the collection of 10.000 e-titles can be accessed and checked out. E-readers can also be checked out.

I haven’t personally made the jump to the e-reader yet, but for those who like reading that way…this seems like an innovative (lower-cost?) way to provide vital services.


Links cleanup

At Buzzfeed: 32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

A bit old, but…whoa: A librarian in New York State has asked that a voracious young reader drop out of summer reading competitions because he wins too much (via the Glens Falls Post-Star)

12 Best Fictional Libraries (I wanted #2 SO BADLY)

YALSA’s Teen Book Finder app for iOS. As I’m no longer a smartphone use, y’all will have to let me know how it is.

The 50 greatest graphic novels of all time according to the Herald. Thoughts?

And to celebrate the beginning of the school year…The Oatmeal’s “How and why to use whom in a sentence

New Harry Potter cover art

I’ve kind of hesitated to post about this because I’ve been hrumph-ing about it, a) because this is a fifteen-year anniversary thing and I am Feeling Old, and b) I love love love the original covers and why did we have to do this and whyiseverythingaboutmoneythesedays.

But, well…they’re really pretty awesome, and if this truly does introduce a new generation of readers to the books…

USA Today’s slideshow of the new covers compares the old & new.

The Scholastic blog just sat down with Kazu Kibuishi about the design process.

On a kind-of-related note, a Maine public library was one of the 15 winners in Scholastic’s 15-year-anniversary Potter Party contest! They get all kinds of cool stuff, including a set with the new covers signed by the artist. Libraries had to submit applications for the contest: 

Taking inspiration from the series, hundreds of librarians submitted their ideas for Harry Potter celebrations designed to introduce a new generation of readers to the wizarding world. Librarians’ ideas include serving Harry Potter-themed food, hosting trivia contests, dressing up as favorite Potter characters, having live owls, house-sorting parties, scavenger hunts, Quidditch matches, wand-making, and classes from Hogwarts such as Potions, Divination, and Herbology.

Way to go, Fairfield!