7 Surprising Facts About Reading That Prove It All Adds Up

Every book counts.

Reading Facts

If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways to help your students read more, and more, and MORE. There’s no such thing as too many books, are we right? And these surprising reading facts prove it:

1. Reading reduces stress by 68 percent .

Reading: the ultimate form of self-care!

2. Owning your own books matters. A lot.   

 

When children have a home library, as few as 20 books of their own at home (think: one bookshelf full), they achieve three more years of schooling than children who don’t have any books at home.

3. It doesn’t take much to read a lot of words.

Read 20 minutes a day, and you’ll read 1,800,000 words per year.

4. And all that reading pays off.

Children who read 1,000,000 words a year are in the top two percent of reading achievement.

5. Reading is the fastest way to build vocabulary.

Children learn 4,000 to 12,000 words per year through reading.

6. Classroom libraries rule.

7 Surprising Reading Facts That Prove It All Adds Up

Kids in classrooms without classroom libraries read 50 percent less than kids in classrooms with libraries.

7. Every book counts.

7 Surprising Reading Facts That Prove It All Adds Up

That’s a lot of books!

We’d love to hear—what are your favorite reading facts? Or, how do you share these fun facts with your students? Come share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE  group on Facebook.

Plus, ways to stock your classroom library inexpensively.

7 Surprising Facts About Reading That Prove It All Adds Up

Posted by Samantha Cleaver

Samantha Cleaver, PhD, teaches middle school special education and writes about her favorite thing to do, reading.

2 Comments

  1. Could you share the sources for these facts? It would be really helpful. Thank you.

    1. Hi Trina, the sources should all be linked for each fact. Thanks for reading!

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