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Benefits of reading


How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function

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Even More Reasons to Make Time for Reading: Self-Esteem, Creativity, Friendship and Good Sleep!

Love a good book?

Here are even more reasons to give yourself time to read – and to encourage your kids to build the reading habit!

A recent UK study found that reading for pleasure for 30 minutes a week can have huge life benefits, including:

  • Heightened creativity
  • Improved state of mind (non-readers are 28% more likely to report feelings of depression than readers)
  • Greater self esteem (readers are 10% more likely to report good self-esteem than non readers and those who read for just 30 minutes a week are 18% more likely to report higher self-esteem)
  • Better sleep (43% of readers said reading helps them get a better night's sleep)
  • More connection with friends (readers were found to be 27% better able to make time for their friends)
  • Greater empathy, awareness of other cultures and general knowledge

Giving kids a good start to reading is important: the report highlights:

‘the extent to which a difficult start to a reading career,
either at home or at school, can nip a reading habit in the bud.'

The study was conducted by Josie Billington of the Centre for Research Into Reading, Literature and Society at the University of Liverpool, for the Quick Reads organisation. Find the full study here.

from http://www.betterreading.com.au/ 15/10/15 (if the above link to the full study is not working, see Mrs Pfister for a copy)

Greg Balfour Evans Alamy

Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens, check out the link:

We need Libraries!

A quote from the article:

Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. "If you want your children to be intelligent," he said, "read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." He understood the value of reading, and of imagining. I hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, and imagine, and understand.

No such thing as a bad writer... Enid Blyton's Famous Five.

Photograph: Greg Balfour Evans/Alamy (from the above article)


Why reading is so good for the brain

By Kimberly Gillan (Mar 1st, 2017)

Forget feeling guilty for putting your feet up with a page turner when you really should be vacuuming/working out/cooking a healthy meal.

In news not surprising for most bookworms, science shows that reading has huge psychological benefits.

Read on to find out more: Brain Power


How to Raise a Reader

From the moment you're expecting your first child, you are bombarded with messages about the importance of reading. For good reason: The benefits of reading at every stage of a child's development are well documented. Happily, raising a reader is fun, rewarding and relatively easy. Check this article out for some tips....

How to Raise a Reader