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According to American researchers, Kathryn Edmunds and Kathryn Bauserman, the following factors influence children’s reading behaviours.
- Children are more likely to read a book they chose themselves.
- Children enjoy books that match their personal interests.
- Children are more likely to choose books that have exciting covers, great illustrations and action-packed plots, as well as books that are funny or scary.
- What they could learn from reading a book was important to them.
- Their interest in reading was sparked and encouraged by their family members (especially mothers), teachers and friends.
- Children were often excited to read books they had heard about from friends.
- Children enjoyed being read to by family members and teachers, even if they could already read.
- Once they’d caught the reading bug, children continued to motivate themselves to read!