[Susan notes: Newspapers love to report that kids aren't reading. We are lucky to have Stephen Krashen to offer solid, research-based refutation.]
To the editor
From Stephen Krashen
Submitted to Green Bay Press-Gazette but not published (11/12/2012)
I am a cross-over reader, an adult who loved Harry Potter and Hunger Games. But it isn’t true that Books like 'Hunger Games' make reading cool again, (Nov. 12). Contrary to popular opinion, reading has always been cool. Teenagers today spend about the same amount of time reading as they did in 1946. Current data on reading includes reading from the internet, but book reading has not declined: In 1946, according the Book Manufacturers' Institute, 34% of teen-agers said they read a book yesterday; in 2005, according to a Pew report, 33% did.
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