Home > Blog > Reading Habits of Young Boys

Reading Habits of Young Boys

Professor of Educational and Social Research at the University of Dundee Keith Topping conducted two of the largest studies ever into boys’ reading habits. Topping found that boys read less thoroughly, took less time to process the words, and skipped more sections than girls, regardless of the genre of reading. He also found that boys tend to choose books that are below their reading level.

In answer to these findings, Topping says the key is to figure out what interests boys in order to keep them focused on the page:

What you need is teachers, classroom assistants, librarians spending time with a child to talk about choices in reading; possible suggestions for more challenging books in the context of what they are interested in. (The Guardian)

Back to Top