| Oct 27, 2010
Movies based on popular children's books perpetuate the popularity of the titles they are inspired by, heavily influencing what children choose to read, according to What Kids Are Reading: The Book Reading Habits of Students in American Schools, 2011 Edition. For instance, Jeff Kinney's The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Rick Riordan's The Lightning Thief, released as movies earlier this year, have taken the top spots at some grade levels (replacing titles from Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series).
The data contained in this report comes from Accelerated Reader (AR), and is based on AR reading data for more than 6.2 million students in grades 1-12, from nearly 20,000 schools across the United States, who read more than 192 million books during the 2009-2010 school year. The report includes an introduction by teen author Riley Carney, as well as contributions from popular children's authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Mike Thaler, and Louis Sacher.
For further information and to access the full report, visit this webpage.