Here’s How Long It Takes To Read Popular Children’s Books

Here’s How Long It Takes To Read Popular Children’s Books

It’s important for kids to learn literacy skills. And some of the classic books we read as children come to be our favourite stories as adults. It’s interesting to know just how long it takes kids to read those classics. Whether you’re gauging your child’s reading speed or simply trying to plan how many nights it will take to finish a bedtime book, that info can come in handy.

Using fluency standards from literacy company Learning A-Z, the folks at Personal Creations calculated how long it takes kids to read a number of popular children’s books. For each book, they used the average reading speed based on the appropriate year level.

They put Where the Wild Things Are at a year two reading level, estimating it should take about 4.2 minutes to complete, according to fluency recommendations. Charlotte’s Web, a year four level book, takes about 6.8 hours.

Check out the full infographic below, then head over to the link to learn more.

How Long It Takes Kids to Read Popular Books [Personal Creations]


  • But if you’re reading a book aloud to your kids, put aside much more time. The kids asked me to read the Harry Potter books to them at bed time. A couple of months later and I’m only just about finished the fourth book. A chapter or two most nights takes a long time!

  • Did a double-take on the title of the last book in the 3rd grade section.
    (Font selection is important)

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