If you’re at all plugged into the #kidlit world, I’m sure by now you’ve heard someone lament about the state of shrinking word counts. They’ll blame shorter attention spans, the effect of two working parents, the eternal onslaught of ‘devices’ or simply lack of time. Is it true that in our fast paced, internet saturated lives, we can’t stop and read our kids books with more that 500 words?
I thought it would be fun to dig into some numbers and compare some classic picture book word counts with some contemporary ones.
Horton Hears a Who
Word Count - 2008
One Fish. Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Word Count - 1308
Love You Forever
Word Count - 772 words
Where The Wild Things Are
Word Count - 336
Don’t let The Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Word Count - 161
Kittens First Full Moon
Word Count - 264
Children Make Terrible Pets
Word Count - 372
Word Count - 1073
As you can see the 500 word rule isn’t really strict (those Skippyjon books are freaking long!). Personally, my 2 yr old son loves reading longer stories with a lot of wordplay. We unearthed a treasure trove of older books that belonged to my wife and he would rather read some of the older, longer, stuff. But that's just us. What do you think? What do your kids prefer to read? Do you wish contemporary books were longer? Shorter?
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