Your Child’s Literacy Development Can Increase Depending On The Number Of Books You Have At Home

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Studies show that children who live in houses that encourage reading and that are filled with books will have a powerful effect in their growth and development. New research, as reported by Pacific Standard confirms that they will most likely have higher literacy comprehension, as well as improvements on their Mathematical and Information Technology skills.

What is the minimum number of books a home needs in order to make an improvement in a child’s development? According to researchers from the Australian National University, kids need at least 80 books at home to achieve average scores of literacy. Those who own fewer than 80 books have been associated with a lower score of literacy. As the number of books increases, children’s development does the same, until the maximum of 350 books, where children’s smarts remain as is.


These findings are based on surveys conducted between 2011 to 2015 by the Programme for the International Assessment of Competencies. Participants belonged to 31 countries between the ages of 25 to 65. Results taken from these tests showed a clear correlation of having books available at home to the different levels of their skill sets.

The average home in the US has about 114 books, while Scandinavia is the country with the highest number of books available per household.


Another interesting thing that researchers were able to find is that children’s literacy skills continued increasing even if they didn’t study further than high school. Although they are not sure if ebooks would have the same effects once printed books are eventually phased out, the team behind these finding did say that “home library size is positively related to higher levels of digital literacy.”


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