The Washington Post July 24, 2023 by Alyssa Rosenberg

“There is no Frigate like a Book, to take us Lands away,” wrote poet Emily Dickinson. But fewer and fewer kids are choosing to jump aboard.

The statistics are startling. The number of 13-year-olds who read for fun most days has halved in a decade. It is now just 14 percent, according to the 2022-2023 National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Restoring joy in reading will require commitment from parents — and a renewed trust in teachers, in librarians and in kids themselves.

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