Scholastic's latest "Kids and Family Reading Report" surveyed children ages six-to-17-years-old to find out what they wanted to learn from reading about characters.
The study revealed that 36% of kids want characters that are smart, brave and strong.
30% of those surveyed like characters who face and conquer challenges.
Just over 25% of kids look for characters that are similar to themselves.
40% of kids say they have learned a life lesson from either a fictional character or one based on a real person.
Parents also want more from characters in books. Here are some of things that parents want their children to learn from characters.
50% say they want the characters their children read about to be brave, smart and strong.
47% say they want the characters in their children's stories to be smart, brave and strong.
37% want characters that will help children learn to understand people who are not like them.
29% want characters who are culturally and ethnically diverse.
27% want characters that are like their child.
24% want characters that will break stereotypes.
6% want characters that are LGBTQ.
32% are not concerned about the characters as long as the story is good.
95% of parents say they want characters that can help their children develop good character traits like honesty, kindness, self-confidence, etc.
As we look at this data, it's encouraging to know that kids love to connect with and learn from characters, both fictional or nonfictional.
The good news is we have dozens of characters in the Bible that kids can learn from. Here's a few examples.
David - courage
Moses - God can use anyone who is surrendered to Him
Mary, mother of Jesus - obedience to God's will
Esther - help others no matter the cost
Paul - be a bold witness for Jesus
Simeon - be faithful to God
Peter - get back up when you fail
Joseph - trusting God and His plan
Daniel - endure peer pressure
Noah - obeying God no matter what
These are just a few of the Bible characters that kids can learn from if you will be intentional about sharing about their life.
As you teach about these and other Biblical characters, here is a few tips to keep in mind.
Your turn. Do you teach kids about Bible Characters? What approach do you take? Any ideas or suggestions for teaching this?