Why Does Reading Matter?

Reading is a gateway to infinite worlds. Whether it’s classic literature from different cultures or scientific research, there is strong evidence that underscores the importance of reading for children and teenagers.

Exploring classic literary works from various periods and cultures, there was ancient Chinese literature such as “Dream of the Red Chamber(紅樓夢),” which imparts profound insights into human nature. While Shakespeare’s plays showcase the rich tapestry of emotions. These works not only stimulate our imagination but also offer profound reflections on life, values, and ethics.

Furthermore, scientific studies unequivocally demonstrate the crucial role of reading in brain development. A study conducted at Concordia University suggests reading provides a host of benefits, increasing verbal and creative skills, nourishing our capacity for empathy, and even reducing prejudice against stigmatized groups. Sandra Martin-Chang, a professor of education at Concordia University, points out that there are significant differences between students who read for pleasure outside of class and those who primarily read books to satisfy school assignments. There is a powerful link between reading for fun and stronger language skills.

Most importantly, reading facilitates family bonding. Shared reading experiences strengthen parent-child relationships and create a safe learning environment for children. Parents should encourage children to spend their leisure time reading, reducing their reliance on electronic devices. Research by the Children’s Bureau in the United States reveals that reading to children fosters the growth of language skills, increases concentration and discipline, and even improves imagination and creativity.

Why does reading matter? Reading enriches knowledge, shapes character, and promotes intellectual growth. Whether it’s classic literature from different cultures or scientific research, the consensus is clear: reading is vital for the development of children and teenagers. “It’s important to teach children how to read,” said Martin-Chang. “And once we do that, we need to make it worthwhile. We’ve got to give them a reason. We’ve got to give them a view once they climb that mountain.”

Reading is the key to lifelong learning. What we aspire to achieve is to ensure that children are not under the pressure of academic performance when reading. We pair children up as reading partners who can rely on each other, and we will also hold various types of book-tasting activities to build a thriving reader community. Reading can be a lifelong joy. Let us collectively focus on the importance of reading for the future of our youth.


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