What Kids Are Reading 2016

by Emma Sewell
by Emma Sewell

What Kids Are Reading is an independent study written by Professor Keith Topping, Professor of Education and Social Research (School of Education, University of Dundee), and published annually by Renaissance Learning.

As part of the What Kids Are Reading report, Renaissance Learning have compiled all the data taken from the schools which participate in their Accelerated Reader scheme. Within this you can see which books the children have voted for as their favourites. They have the option to rate the books in four ways: ‘One of the best books I have ever read’; ‘A very good book’; ‘An OK book’ and ‘Not a good book’. These were then used to create an ‘average book rating’.

What Kids Are Reading Popular Authors 2016To see the whole report go to What Kids Are Reading where you can download it and get full details year-by-year.

On the right you can see the top authors from the 2016 report. Jeff Kinney has kept his place firmly on the top spot since last year’s report, with David Walliams jumping a place to number two. Zoe Sugg, YouTube sensation, has made a new appearance in the list, as have Jill Murphy, Judith Kerr, James Dashner and Veronica Roth.

This year 725,369 children took part from 3,306 primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom, and they read a staggering 12,513,109 books… that’s 161,332,091,054 words! Phew!

What Kids Are Reading gives us an in-depth look into the progress of reading throughout primary and secondary education. Below are just a few of the insights from this year’s report.

  • Lower ability readers are showing a slight rise in the accuracy of their reading.
  • Boys are reading with the same level of difficulty as girls.
  • There is a marked downturn in difficult of books at the secondary transfer point.
  • High-ability and non-fiction readers are seriously under-challenged in secondary school.


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