Via the Washington Post, a recent survey of 3 million kids in the U.S. reveals that their favorite authors include Dr. Seuss, E.B. White, Judy Blume, S.E. Hinton, Harper Lee, Laura Numeroff, Katherine Paterson, and Gary Paulsen. I grew up with many of these authors, although Dr. Seuss always has always freaked me out a little.
Something that was very disheartening though were the number of books children read in 2007. Seventh-graders averaged 7.1 books in 2007, while 12th-graders averaged 4.5 books. Wow...why aren't kids reading more?
Read the article with links to the full survey results here.