Below, you will see a great infographic on the difference between a child who reads 20 minutes a day, 5 times a week, and a child who averages 4 minutes a day, 5 times a week (if even that). If you wonder how your child fares in the reading department, consider a child who reads 15 minutes, 3 times a week. That child’s figures would be about half of what the green numbers show below.
Also, just as you make sure your children get a well-balanced meal, help your children learn to balance the types of things they read. Here is one article on Fiction v. Nonfiction and another article on the benefits of nonfiction (especially for ELLs). An additional article that may be helpful includes: Non-Fiction Reading Promotes Student Success.
Other articles on The Education Cafe about reading you may want to read: