Research Shows Children Prefer to Read on Paper Rather Than Screens

It is often thought that, in this digital age of ever advancing technology, children are far more likely to read a book on their tablet screen rather than read from a physical book made of paper. However, recent research has shown that this may not be true.

A study that monitored the reading habits of children in Year 4 and 6, all of whom had access to eReaders such as Kindles and iPads, found that the children tended not to use those devices when it came to reading. In fact, even children who read daily seemed to prefer physical books over digital ones.

As The Conversation reports, the study also found that the more access a child had to devices such as phones and tablets, the less they tended to read. A parent may think they’re encouraging their child to read by buying them a tablet but this can have the opposite effect. These results are supported by previous research which found teenagers prefer to read physical books.

Young people today are sometimes referred to as ‘digital natives’, as they grow up using devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers. They tend to have a very high digital literacy and this in turn has lead some to assume that that children would prefer to read on a screen rather than on paper but research has so far shown that this doesn’t seem to be the case.

Despite the evidence, many still believe that physical books are on their way out and some schools in the US and Australia have removed physical books from libraries in favour of eBooks. It may be a move that schools think will help students but evidence is showing that this is in fact limiting pupil’s access to their preferred way of reading.
It has been found that reading on a device that is connected to the internet allows for far more distractions and makes it even harder for readers who struggle to remain attentive to the text.

Young people may prefer reading physical books to digital ones but it has been found that fewer and fewer children read for pleasure. If you’re eager for your children to discover the joys of reading then a number of methods can be used to help them. Creating a comfortable place for children to read free of distractions can be a great help and having teachers and parents who talk about books can also be very encouraging.

18th Century Teen’s Schoolbook Doodles Discovered

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Doodles, scribbles, and mini works of fine art got many of us through our teen years at school- I personally preferred drawing spiderwebs in the corners of every page- and it seems 18th century teens were not much different!

Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) discovered a young man’s doodles in his own mathematics workbook, and it gives us a fascinating insight into the mind of this erudite and creative teen. As well as laying out his mathematical formulae with precision and clarity, Richard Beale showed us his family dog, street scenes, elegant ships, and… A chicken in trousers.

Let MERL take you on a journey through time into the mind of Richard Beale- honest farm-boy, good mathematician, and excellent doodler.

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Strange questions people asked the librarian

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Librarians are quiet heroes, guardians of the books, and underrated alternative to a search engine. They used to be our one stop for all our general knowledge needs however Google (other search engines are apparently available…) have slowly but surely taken that responsibility away from the libraries.

Librarians used to deal with all the strange, creepy, interesting, and outrageous questions the general public had to ask- and you will not believe some of the stuff people are willing to ask a stranger.

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Study Shows Growing up in a Home Full of Books Is Good for Children

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Those of you who buy more books than you can read will be pleased to learn that a recent study suggests that this is having a positive effect on you and any little ones that may be around. Evidence suggests that those who grow up in homes full of books are more likely to have higher reading comprehension and better mathematical and digital communication skills. Read More

Bill Clinton’s First Novel Has Sold over 1 Million Copies

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Despite only being released a few months ago on June 4, Bill Clinton’s first novel has managed to sell over 1 million copies in North America alone. Co-written with James Patterson, The President is Missing is a thriller which sees the President go undercover after a devastating cyber attack. The novel is Clinton’s first work of fiction and was no doubt helped by having such a prolific co-author on board.
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For the Eleventh Year, James Patterson Remains the UK’s Most Borrowed Book from Libraries

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Data gathered by the Public Lending Right (PLR) has found that James Patterson’s thriller books, along with thriller books in general, are the most borrowed books from UK libraries. For the eleventh year in a row, James Patterson has been crowned the most borrowed author from public libraries. In fact, his books have been borrowed over 22 million times since 2007.

As The Guardian reports, Patterson has stated he’s thrilled to be holding on to his crown, while also giving his support for libraries. “I firmly believe that better readers become better thinkers and I think libraries are an integral part of any community, as they are essential in helping to share and spread the joy of reading,” he said. His 2016 novel, Bullseye, was the ninth most borrowed book from UK libraries last year. Read More

Ikea Will Soon Be Offering Customers Reading Rooms, Where You Can Even Take a Book Home for Free

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As though it weren’t easy enough to lose track of time wandering around Ikea, the furniture giant has now announced that it will soon be hosting Reading Rooms, a place where members of the public will be able to go to sit back, relax, enjoy a good book, and even take it home free of charge.

As Metro reports, Ikea has partnered up with the Man Booker Prize to offer visitors a place where they can get comfy and enjoy one of many great books on offer. If you find yourself becoming engrossed in your book, then you can take it home with you for free! You might be wondering how that differs from your local library, but does your local library provide you with delicious Swedish meatballs? Didn’t think so. Read More



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