The Importance of Reading Books
Reading a good book may be a relaxing pastime, but it also has long-lasting effects on the way we live. Read a book to become a well-rounded individual.
There is a high correlation between reading for fun and earning higher reading scores in school. Because reading is an active process, it can assist in expanding vocabulary and sparking imagination, while also exposing readers to new topics and ideas, reports the National Center for Education Statistics.
Reading comprehension could be a main factor in a job interview/application process. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, almost two thirds of employers value reading comprehension as a very important skill.
Literacy News lists literacy as being one of the 20 qualities of successful people. Book reading not only increases mental capabilities, but also helps fine-tune motor skills in children by turning pages and stimulating the brain.
Brad Isaac of Persistence Unlimited states that books offer the entire story, rather than just small pieces of information. Reading books can help with focus and concentration; reading a book with a complicated plot and multiple characters can help increase memory.
A paperback book or discounted hardback usually costs about the same as a movie ticket. A book will entertain a reader for much longer than a movie will entertain its audience.
- National Center for Education Statistics: Reading Proficiency and Home Support for Literacy
- Persistence Unlimited/Brad Isaac: The 26 Major Advantages to Reading More Books
- National Endowment for the Arts: National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Reading Study
- Literacy News: The 20 Qualities of Successful People
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