What Kids Are Reading Report Key Findings:
On average, students read the most books in grades 2 and 3 (about 57 and 51 per year, respectively), and the
fewest in grades 11 and 12 (about 5 per year).
The average number of words students read in books per year begins at about 25,000 in grade 1, rises each year
until its peak at about 436,000 in grade 6, and then decreases to the low 300,000s by the end of high school.
On average, girls read 761,000 more words than boys by the time they finish high
school. Girls encounter nearly 3.8 million words between grades 1–12—about 25% more than boys, who
encounter just over 3 million.