5 Reasons Your Child Should Read More

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.


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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”