Books literally open up a magic portal for children which transports them into another world. Reading is a crucial element of every child’s education. Reading is a fundamental activity for children’s development. It helps the child to focus on the story, relate to the protagonist and other characters. When one reads a story, we connect with our own emotions better which helps us empathise with others as well. It evokes curiosity in the child to gain knowledge and also to visualise and imagine. To understand a story, one needs to remember the characters, backgrounds and other associations- details.This helps improve concentration as well as boost the memory cells.
Reading helps broaden one’s horizon. It is through reading that children learn about new places, people, and events. Reading exposes children to new ideas and beliefs, makes them tolerant and appreciative of others perspective.
The more, one reads, the better one comprehends and it enhances the child’s vocabulary as well. Being read to or reading out aloud reinforces basic sounds and pronunciation as well as development of the critical language and enunciation skills. Reading sharpens the comprehension and analytical thinking ability.
Reading is fun especially, once, one is immersed in the actual story, and there is a rush of anticipation and excitement as the story unfolds.
The child is engaged in a productive and meaningful hobby which shall add value to his and the life of others.