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Survey: Over Half of People Find It Difficult to Select Books for Children

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Although literary reading by and for children is being highly emphasized by Chinese parents and schools at present, over half (56 percent) of respondents in a recent survey feel it is difficult to find appropriate books for children.

The findings come from a latest study jointly conducted by the Social Research Center of the Beijing-based China Youth Daily and the Shanghai-based survey-oriented website of amongst 2,026 people.

About one third (31.4 percent) of the polled think it won't take much time or energy for them to buy a book for their children, while only 12.7 percent of the surveyed believe it is not difficult for them to select suitable books for kids.

A majority (90.8 percent) of the respondents agree on the necessity of buying books for their children. About 70 percent of them will take their children's interests into account when buying books for them.

Other leading factors that have exercised their effects in the process are recommendations from education experts (44.2 percent), classical books (42.5 percent), recommendations from teachers (39.9 percent), popular books (26.4 percent), personal decisions (23.5 percent), and the opinions of salespeople in bookstores.

As a result, 72.7 percent of the polled argue that there should be a reference standard for parents in the selection of appropriate books for their children.

Nearly four fifths (79 percent) of the respondents voice their support in children's graded reading. Amongst them, 24.1 percent strongly endorsed the measure.

During an interview, Vice-President of the China Society for the Studies of Children's Literature Zhu Ziqiang, who is also dean of the School of Liberal Arts, Journalism and Communication in the Qingdao-based Ocean University of China (OUC), noted that the current criteria in classifying children's reading needs to be further improved because some of them have failed to completely take children's physical and spiritual development into consideration.

Meanwhile, 69.4 percent and 58.7 percent of those polled have emphasized children's intelligent development and psychological characters in the formulation of a reference for parents when they plan to find a suitable book for their kids.

In addition, the respondents believe that children's age, existing knowledge and reading interest should also be reflected in future reference.

(Source: China Youth Daily/Translated and edited by Women of China)

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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