If you’ve been here before you know how much we love books. If this is your first time visiting I hope our passion for reading great books shows through. I have filled this page with 10 reasons why reading is so important. Are you ready to get started?
10 Reasons Why Reading is So Important
By reading you are exposed to so many wonderful things. This helps your imagination when it comes to creating and thinking. By reading you are painting those pictures of the story in your mind. Books can take you anywhere you want to go.
The Read-Aloud Handbook is a great book to have. It is filled with ways to help children become avid readers through awakening their imaginations and improving their language skills. The best part is a huge treasury list of amazing read aloud books. Love it!
2. Focus and Concentration
When you are reading you are focusing and concentrating on one thing. By sitting still and reading you are training your body/mind and your child’s to slow down, relax, and focus on what you are reading. This helps you/your child focus and concentrate on other activities because you are used to doing it.
3. Reading Improves your memory
When you read a book, you are taking in all that the book is about. People, places, things… When you read you are using your memory muscle which lies in the Cerebrum part of your brain. Using this muscle helps your memory long term. I’m sure you’ve probably heard of muscle memory 😉 Same kind of thing.
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“Use your brain by doing challenging activities, such as puzzles, reading, playing music, making art, or anything else that gives your brain a workout!” – Steven Dowshen, MD
4. Reading helps with communication
Reading to your children helps build a bond and open up communication. It’s always important to be able to talk with your children especially when they get into their teenage years. Start reading to them and communicating when they are young so they have that connection and comfort with talking to you.
It also helps with communicating as adults and gives you more to talk about.
Reading is the best cheap or free entertainment you can get. Love your library and any book seller, because these books can open up a world you might never had imagined.
“I believe we should spend less time worrying about the quantity of books children read and more time introducing them to quality books that will turn them on to the joy of reading and turn them into lifelong readers.” – James Patterson
Nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading. Also goes with #4 above – Communication. Reading to your children is another way of showing them love. If you would like to find books that kids love we have an entire section dedicated to favorite books.
7. Language Development
Babies and children learn to talk by hearing words. The more they hear the more likely they are to talk and understand what’s being said. Your child’s language skills and literacy really depend on you talking and reading to them. Now doesn’t that sound important?!
8. Cheap or Free Education
Reading a book for something that you want to learn about saves you so much money. We all know how expensive taking classes can be, so why not spend time reading about it instead. You can teach yourself with specific books. Same goes for children. If they are interested in learning about rainbows they can read books about weather. Or you can read to them. Supplying a variety of books to your children will pique their interests and get them learning even more.
Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and expression. Powerful and effective language.
The more you read the more fluent you become. Very important for children and adults.
10. Reading makes you smarter
We know its been proven that reading makes you smarter. Readers display greater knowledge of how things work, vocabulary and language development, as well as information on people, places, and things. Not to mention all of the great info in 1-9 that I just shared with you 🙂 Reading Rocks!!!
If you are interested in even more reasons why reading aloud can change your children’s lives forever check out Reading Magic by Mem Fox.
Remember children mimic what you do. If you are an avid reader your children are likely to love books too.
Those are Amazing Reasons why Reading is So Important
These are just a few reasons why reading is so important.