What your kids can get out of reading books

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MORE than 100 countries are celebrating for the 24th time World Book Day this year on March 4, another special day to recognize the benefits reading gives to children.

World Book Day was created by UNESCO or the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It started on April 23, 1995 as a worldwide celebration of books and reading. Some countries still celebrate World Book Day on April 23, which is also the death anniversary of famous playwright William Shakespeare.

“We wanted to do something to reposition reading and our message is the same today as it was then – that reading is fun, relevant, accessible, exciting, and has the power to transform lives,” said World Book Day Founder Baroness Gail Rebuck.

For World Book Day organizers, reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s future success, and so it has become its ardent mission “to see more children, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a life-long habit of reading for pleasure and improved life chances this brings them.”

In observance of World Book Day, let us recall the benefits your very young children can get out of reading books:

Reading books develops your child’s imagination.

Books set the stage for a story. This story comes with people and places. In turn, they are transformed into images in your child’s mind where they imagine how people feel and how places look like. Such engagement with books can bring their imagination into their daily play. This makes reading books even more fun for them.

Reading books improves your child’s focus and concentration.

A book requires focus for your children to understand and appreciate the story. You may notice that when they are hooked to a book, they sit still and quiet while their imagination is actively turning its wheels. Their concentration continues to improve when they read regularly.

Reading books helps children develop empathy.

This means your child, through regularly reading books, will be able to understand, be aware of, and be sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of other people. And when you read to them and share your knowledge, their view of the world will expand and deepen.

Reading helps improve your child’s vocabulary and language skills.

A book is like an unexplored cave. When children explore it, they discover new words, find their meanings, understand how they are used, and apply them in their writing and speaking. Books are reliable teaching aids for parents.

Books help build stronger relationships between children and parents.

This is a special reason books are special—they are one of those bridges that connect and reconnect children with parents, especially when parents read to their children regularly. In the process, children will feel loved and reassured, which are crucial to their wellbeing.

Join in the celebration of World Book Day by henceforth reading to your children every day even for at least 10 minutes or encouraging your children to read books so that they, too, can experience these lifelong benefits.


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