I discovered the wonders of reading books when I was barely six. The worlds I uncovered and the magic of words enthralled me and I just can’t stop reading ever since.

But there is more to reading books than enchantment and fascination. In fact, there are a lot of benefits that a child can get from reading.

Reading exercises the brain.

Reading stimulates the brain to create new neural pathways while strengthening already established ones. These pathways form networks to process information and improve brain function.

Reading improves concentration.

A child’s attention span is limited and their active bodies are prone to shift from one task to another. Reading something that interests them engages their attention and urges them to focus.

Reading enhances the imagination.

When we read, we play around with words in our head and create the story in our mind. This prompts the child to think of new ideas and be creative. It stretches the mind to receive and conceive concepts and notions, broadening their thoughts.

Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Reading exposes the child to words and effectively adds those words to their vocabulary by showing how the words connect with each other. It develops awareness of contexts at an early age and helps the child understand the meaning of words and how to use them. This, in turn, cultivates better language skills in a child.


Now that it is clear what reading can do and why you should get your child to read books, the next course of action is to find age-appropriate books for your child. Make reading fun for your little ones to spark interest and develop a life-long habit of reading.

What books do you enjoy as a child that you think you’re little ones will enjoy? Please share with us in the comments below so we could enjoy them, too. You could also start browsing through my reviews here.

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6 thoughts on “Why You Should Get Your Child To Read Books

  • December 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I am a big believer in children’s reading, especially getting an adult to read to them when they are very young. Making trips to the library, sitting in a small corner and flipping through colored pages (not iPad) – those were some of the good memories I have for my childhood.

    I think the stories within can ignite a lot of imagination and I would certainly love to have my own children experience that than just studying from a classroom environment.

    • February 13, 2018 at 7:32 am

      I do  too, Cathy! And I really think all kids should be exposed to reading books and creating good memories with reading. 🙂

  • September 9, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Alona,
    I couldn’t agree more that encouraging your children to read is incredibly important. I’ve loved books myself from earliest childhood. I was shocked when my son didn’t enjoy reading as a young child because I felt he would miss out on something that can provide endless joy. But I never gave up and continued to search for books that would pull him in and capture his attention. He was 12 when my efforts finally paid off. The book was Where the Red Fern Grows. He spent a weekend buried in that book, once he started reading it. That was the turning point. He’s well into adulthood now, but he’s been a voracious reader ever since. Every time I spot him with his nose in a good book, I’m thrilled to have encouraged him

    • September 10, 2017 at 10:16 am

      Wow, I’m so glad your efforts paid off. I can well imagine how happy you are at his transformation. I’ve read Where the Red Fern Grows during my teenage years and it really is one great book. 

      Thanks for sharing your story, Linda! 🙂

  • August 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    I never realised how important it is to read books on a regular basis until I reached the age of 18, ever since my vocabulary has gotten much better, I can read faster, I find it enjoyable and writing, especially piecing sentences together, has become a lot easier.

    I’m not too sure why but no matter how hard my mum tried she just couldn’t get me to start. What eventually done it was when I learned that the most successful people in the world read regularly. I think this is what parents need to do if they want their kids to start reading, not forcing them into it but showing them someone that reads that they admire – hopefully they’ll begin acting the same.

    • August 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      That was really insightful, showing role models that read to children to entice them to read also. When I think about it someone I really admired love reading and because I was trying to imitate her and I read and ended up loving reading. 🙂

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