The Importance of Reading
I don’t recall any favorite toys I had as a child; rather, my oldest memories are of me as a six year old digging into a cupboard in our library, looking for books to read. Books were my constant companions as I journeyed through childhood and grew into adulthood. They taught me more than I could ever hope to learn at school or college, and they are the reason I am what I am today. If it were not for my voracious reading habit, I don’t think I would be able to survive today as a writer. That being said, let me proceed to elaborate on why I think reading must form a part of every child’s life:
- It enriches vocabulary: The more you read, the more your language improves. It’s important that children learn grammar and spelling correctly, especially in today’s world where texting lingo, removal of vowels, and using your own shortened spellings is considered the “in” thing, and books are the best and most natural way to get further acquainted with any language. When you read a wide and varied set of authors, your vocabulary becomes richer and you become a better conversationalist.
- It promotes curiosity: When you read a little, it piques your interest and you want to read more. Reading is an addiction for those who fall in love with books; it makes you curious about things; it makes you want to learn more and more. When you come across words that you don’t know the meaning of or phrases and technology/methods/processes that you don’t understand, your first instinct is to look up the meaning. When a child’s curiosity is boosted, it promotes the development of knowledge.
- It enhances knowledge: There’s no doubting the fact that the more you read, the more you know. When knowledge grows, you feel more confident about yourself and you’re more in control of your world. Also, when you get into the habit of reading, your thirst for knowledge increases and you want to broaden the repertoire of books you read. People who are well read know more about people, places and cultures even though they’ve never travelled; they understand methods and technology even though they’ve never really used them; and they often know more about science and history even though they don’t have master’s degrees.
- It boosts creativity: When a child reads, it fosters creativity and takes their mind to a totally different world. They are able to become one with the story and relate to it completely. This allows them to develop their own creativity and use what they read to become good writers too. It’s the children who are fond of reading who also ace their essays because they have the natural gift for composing a story and narrating it the way it must be told.
So if your child does not read, now is a good time to start encouraging them to do so. The rewards reading provides are too great to pass up.