Prague, Aug 24 (CTK) – Over one half of Czech children read at least 13 books annually, according to a poll conducted by the Reading Helps project, organiser Ivana Jelinkova told journalists Monday.

A mere 2 percent of the respondents said they only read maximally two books a year, Jelinkova said, adding that in their choice, the children are mainly guided by the genre, followed by the recommendations from their friends, and the author.

According to the poll, 55 percent of children and teenagers read on average 13 and more books, one-quarter seven to 12 books and 18 percent three to six books.

About 26 percent of them are guided by the genre, 22 percent by the recommendations and 18 percent by the name of the author.

“Roughly one-tenth of our respondents made it clear that the wrapping sells, while another tenth select the books quite randomly and 1 percent said they were influenced by advertising,” project donator Martin Roman, former head of the CEZ national power company, said.

According to experts, the children aged six to about 11 are already able to form their own opinion and thanks to their integration into the collective of their peers they are mostly influenced by their recommendations.

The poll was conducted on a sample of 938 children of elementary and secondary schools registered in the project Reading Helps in June.