Reading has a countless number of benefits, both academically and in other areas of an individual’s life. Below are five reasons why reading can help your child become a more successful student, friend, and person, which can ultimately lead to a lifetime of success.
- Reading takes you places that you’ve never been. There are some things that you can only experience in a book — tasting the water that gives everlasting life, finding a wardrobe that leads to a magical land, stepping on the grounds of Hogwarts, making friends with the giants. The options are endless!
- Beginning the hobby at a young age can lead to a lifelong love of reading. The earlier a child falls in love with reading, the more likely he or she will be to carry that love of reading through the rest of life. This will only help that child become a more successful student as reading skills continue to develop over his or her academic career.
- Reading also benefits students in language development. The more your child reads, the more vocabulary he or she will be exposed to. This exposure can help a child discover a love of language and assist the student in navigating his or her feelings about love, friendship, learning, and much more.
- Reading can help lead to achievements. It’s no secret that some of the most successful people are avid readers. Bill Gates has admitted to reading 50 books per year. Not only does reading help lead to financial success, but it also helps to create emotional success. According to Dr. Josie Billington, deputy director at the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature, and Society at the University of Liverpool, reading has been shown to help prevent a variety of mental health issues, such as stress, depression, and dementia. Additionally, reading can assist in helping your child become a better friend and student. According to novelist and journalist Michael Grothaus, children who read more effectively develop self-confidence, empathy, and decision-making skills, which all lead to enhancing their abilities to navigate interpersonal relationships.
- There are a variety of great books out there, so how could you not want to read?! So often, we hear about the endless titles of books that are on a person’s shelf or to-read list. The earlier we start checking off some of those boxes, the more books we can read in our lifetimes.
At the end of the day, any time you can give your child an actual novel will result in time well spent. And who knows? Maybe he or she will be reading 50 books per year one day.