Wednesday, July 26, 2006

‘Harry Potter’ Books Forcing Kids To Read

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Harry Potter is casting a spell on American kids – and forcing them to read.

According to a survey by Harry Potter publisher Scholastic Books, 51 percent of kids under 17 admit they never read for fun until they started reading Harry Potter but now they do.

In addition, 65 percent say they are now doing better in school because they’re reading for pleasure.

Potter’s effect on reading habits is especially strong with boys.

A whopping 61 percent say they never read for fun before the books, compared to 41 percent of girls.

Of course, peer pressure may be one explanation for the bookworm boom. Nearly 63 percent of boys and 44 percent of girls admit they started reading Harry Potter books so they would feel “in” with their friends.

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