Literature Review – Children’s Reading Habits, Internationally and in Cambodia


The Let’s Read program supports children in Asia and the Pacific to build strong early reading skills and develop a genuine love of reading, focusing on promoting reading opportunities among children, families, and caregivers outside of formal education settings. This literature review, therefore, focuses on reading that happens outside of the classroom environment.

The review summarizes key research findings on children’s reading habits and preferences, how these are influenced by different factors, and children’s access to reading materials in Cambodia. These findings were drawn from a wide array of reports, studies, and surveys produced by academic researchers, governmental bodies, and nonprofit educational organizations.

The review also examines the importance of reading for pleasure, the role of parents in developing reading habits, the role of access to reading materials, and what approaches can be taken to encourage students to read more.

Posted June 21, 2023
Related locations: Cambodia
Related programs: Books for Asia