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Updated on November 17, 2013

What are the benefits of reading?

Living in a digital world of moving pictures we too often forget about the benefits of reading. We actually still read a lot, probably more than any time in human history. Unfortunately the quality of reading material is often very questionable.

But let me take a step back and ask again: Why is reading good? Can't we just get the all information required for our everyday's lives from television or other attractive media?

Unfortunately life is sometimes more complicated than just pressing the LIKE button on the dashboard of your social profile. We are different and everyone of us can process information in his own tempo. For this reason books are much more appropriate than massive media.

And of course this is just one of the many benefits of reading.

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Books are your best friends

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Comics and magazines don't count!

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Want to improve your reading skills?

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No matter if you are absolute beginner or experienced reader, if you seek for help for you, your kid, somebody with special needs..., the internet is loaded with great sites where you can find tons of useful material.

This one is free. It is rich with content, it is nicely organized and it is growing. It is useful for kids, parents and teachers. In short: it is great.

If you want to find only one free resource for everything related with reading, this can be the one:

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Huge importance of reading

1. Reading stimulates your brain and improves your memory. It helps building your vocabulary too. With all that you have better communication skills, what guarantees you more friends, more connections, better relationships, more business opportunities... And of course with better usage of your brain you become smarter. Who doesn't want to be smarter?

2. Every story in a book is based on some logic. So reading should help to improve logical thinking of readers. Being better in making conclusions means having better chances to understand relations in our world and our role in it. This simply translates into better control of our lives and better chances for happiness. Who doesn't want to be happy?

3. Reading is great exercise for focusing. When you read a book, you can't just skim the information like in magazine or television shows. You have to be focused or you lose the track. But books are also greatest storage of ideas. Just reading about other people's ideas will definitely boost your creativity. Who doesn't want to be creative?

4. When you open a book, you enter a whole new world. This gives you the chance to learn about new people, new places, new situations, new problems... You can watch how all these elements interact to each other and it is up to you if you will identify and imply their solutions to your everyday world with your people, your places, your situations, your problems...

5. Reading is one of the best relaxation techniques. Good story gives you a chance to break your current patterns of thinking, forget (at least for some time) just about anything and sort of 'reset' your mind. When you 'switch' back to reality, you will see many things in new light and it is very possible to find totally unique ways of doing things. We all appreciate originality, right?

Make it fluent! - (a good book is always great investment)

Investment in education is best investment. Always was, always will be. Everybody has a room to improve the reading skills. We can read faster, memorize better, more efficiently organize the data, develop more critical approach to reading material...

20 Strategies to Build Fluency Skills (Strategies to Improve Reading Series Book 4)
20 Strategies to Build Fluency Skills (Strategies to Improve Reading Series Book 4)

Reading skills were always important but they are essential in modern world where we deal with tons of data on daily basis.

Fluent reading which transforms in better understanding and selection of data according to its importance can only help in quality of life.

Your (and your child's) personal relationship, business, health areas can be improved with more fluent reading and this book offers exactly that.

Achieve better fluency with a help of scientifically proven methods. Make the most of your time and your reading material!

 

Why can literacy change the world?

"Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting"

................................. Aldous Huxley

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark."

................................ Victor Hugo

"People who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read."

............... Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa

Reading to a child is one of best ways for bonding
Reading to a child is one of best ways for bonding

Importance of reading to kids

1. If we read to our kids we spend our precious time to be with kids. And time is money, right? Wrong! Money comes and goes, but time only passes. If we use for making bonds with our kids, we are investing ourselves in their future. Reading books together is very intimate doing. It helps to build self-confidence and trust. Our world needs self-confident people and it surely needs a lot of trust.

2. Reading broadens children's horizons. Every good book literally opens whole new world to a reader and kid's mind can absorb ideas, feelings, relations... like a sponge! We live in a society of highly trained specialists, but too many top experts lack of breadth of mind, development of empathy and, well, humanity. Wider the horizons, better chances to find great job, great friends, great life.

3. If we read to a child, he will listen. Ability to listen is too often underrated skill in our fast forward moving world. If somebody knows to listen others, he has much better chance to listen himself. He can learn to step back and think about his motivations, his problems, himself. And what is better chance to temporary forget his present problems and find solutions on subconscious level than listening to stories and fairy tales?

How to choose the right book for kids?

There are several proven methods and so called Goldilocks method is one of the best. It is called by the fairy tale about Goldilocks: everything should be just right. Not too hot, not too small...

Same goes with the book: not too big, not too short, not too difficult, not too many illustrations. Just right for the age, gender, interests and other specific needs of the child.

Do you read to your kid?

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We all know how important is reading to our children. But do we find enough time to read them?

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Further reading

If you want to find more info about critical reading and development of children in general, here are few good places to start:

Why is reading to kids so important?

"I found that children are so enthusiastic that someone is taking the time to read to them."

................................. Glenda Dixon

"Iif every parent read with their children at least 30 minutes a night, it would really revolutionize education in this country."

................................. Richard Riley

""Children are made readers on the laps of their parents."

.......................... Emilie Buchwald

Please, share your thoughts about reading benefits... - ...or just say Hi!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 2 years ago from Ljubljana

      Thanks, Adveturetravels, I am always pleased to see kids hanging in the local library. They are not always there to find books, but it's alwys better alternative than hanging near the local pub or in shopping center ...

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      A great way to get your children reading for pleasure is to read with them. Get comfy and read your own books. Modelling is so important. After all why should they read if you don't! Go to the library - they could do with all the support they can get! Great hub - really good! Shared.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @aaxiaa lm: Well, we could debate on this one;)

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      aaxiaa lm 3 years ago

      Kdo ne bi hotel biti pametnejši.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @VioletteRose LM: I know what you mean ... There are all kinds of books and all kinds of readers out there ... Aren't we lucky?

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      VioletteRose LM 3 years ago

      I love reading, sometimes I just read so many pages quickly. But sometimes I read a book taking so much of time, so slowly, thinking and imagining most of what I have read...this is mostly true for beautiful novels and children's books.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Colin323: Yes, Kindle is different kind of media. I suppose we could enjoy in both, they sure both bring some pros and cons, right?

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      The act of holding a book, turning the pages, book-marking them for the next time creates an experience - I hesitate to use the term 'bonding' - that is not replicated with a Kindle. The tactile experience of holding and reading a real book does slow the reading process down too, therefore assisting concentration, compared with the skimming that often occurs online, as David Lynch below has said.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: I am sure some do:)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I had to add one more thought. I hope parents are reading this.

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      David Edward Lynch 3 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I normally have about two books that I read alternatively; I struggle a bit with reading online as I find I want to skim the words more. Reading is good for the mind, thanks for sharing

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: You are always welcome.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Just had to stop by again.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @DaniRren: Thanks for your comment.

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      DaniRren 3 years ago

      Reading has its benefits in that it keeps the mind in an alert state so as to be able to learn. The earlier that a child starts reading, the better for the development of the habit. Parents need to be able to read to their kids early in life. educationalplay.info

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      @tonyleather: You are totally right. Reading can only help you at writing. I hope I'll find more time to get on my three books a week number which I had for years, but now I struggle to read the same number in month...

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      I believe that you cannot be a good writer without also being an avid reader. I get through at least three books a week, yet still i feel at times that I should read more! Great Lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @msseiboi: Thank you!

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      msseiboi 4 years ago

      Reading is one of my hobby and you have described its benefits well... great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Legenden: Glad to hear that!

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      Legenden 4 years ago

      I liked this lens a lot :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @SavioC: :)

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      SavioC 4 years ago

      Reading is one of the most best habits we can develop and also nuture in our kids right from an early age. Reading always takes me into the world of the writer and that way it relaxes me. Give me a book anytime . Thanks for sharing.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Snakesmum: Agree with that!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Nothing beats the feel of a book in your hands. Screens are great, but prefer to read books.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Colin323: I don't have a Kindle yet but i don't think it can replace a real book just like the TV never replaced a radio. You are right. Reading habit is one of the best!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @notsuperstitious1: I hope it helps to promote literacy:)

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      Colin323 4 years ago

      I resisted buying a Kindle Reader, as I like holding books, but the Kindle is good on holiday. I find I read much faster on it too - maybe its because we tend to skim read more online, so the habit transfers to Kindle reading. I grew up in the late 1940s& 1950s and we couldn't afford a TV until 1959. So reading became a good and regular habit, in the absence of other readily available entertainment.

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      Edith Rose 4 years ago from Canada

      Very good lens about the importance of reading.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @mcsburlea: Thank you!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @smine27: Great to hear that!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      reading is a great habit.it's a machine to do anything.nice blog.

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      mcsburlea 4 years ago

      great lens

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love reading!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Greathaul2013: It is not just getting away, good fiction always enrich our lives.

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      Greathaul2013 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I've only recently started reading for enjoyment. Before, I only read non-fiction books to learn something. It really is a nice way to relax and get away from the computer or TV screen for a while.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @rray001 lm: Thanks!

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      rray001 lm 4 years ago

      Great lens, When you read it can inspire you and give you hope when you where hopeless.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @gadgetking1: Thanks:)

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      gadgetking1 4 years ago

      Absolutely agree! Great lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @LUMOSE: Love for reading is lovely investment in future. Thanks!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I think that reading is very important. I transmit my love for books to my children too.

      Great lens.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice lens !

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Same here:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      "Hi and Congratulations!" One of the best things in life is to learn to read and understand ! I love reading and understanding - Best Wishes :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @dmcbane: Books are our best friends.

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      dmcbane 4 years ago

      Great lens! I've always enjoyed reading and now that I have a little nephew, I'm happy to see he loves books as well...

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: I agree!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Pinning to another board as reading is so important.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @poutine: It really brings the world, it's hard to say it better.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      Reading brings you the world......I love reading. I began to read at age 5 and never stopped.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Good choice!

      ;)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Pinning this.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: I hope it helped a bit:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thenks for your information

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @fifinn: Yes, temporary escape is one of side effects:)

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      fifinn 4 years ago

      Reading, made ââme go into another world. Into world which is described in the books I read. For a moment, I'll forget all my problems.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @siobhanryan: :)

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @siobhanryan: Thanks!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Nice one

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Nice one

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Yep, computers can compete with books pretty well... Thanks for you comment!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You are totally right. Reading is so important. I can't remember not being able to read and used to be a real 'bookworm'. Not so much now - on the computer too much! I really should get back into it.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @SandraWilson LM: My biggest wish (in material world) is having huge library with a reading room:)

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      SandraWilson LM 4 years ago

      No doubt about it, reading is fun. Our house is full of books. We give books to our grandchildren at every special event. This past Christmas was a gift card from the book store with a special trip with grandparents to pick out the books they wanted. I read to my kids as they were growing up. They still remember it and comment about it now and then. They loved the Little House books.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Felicitas: Maybe, but media is always changing. I think we read more than ever what is good. The problem is with quality. This is where we all - publisher, writers, reader, everybody should demand higher standards.

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      Felicitas 4 years ago

      I have conflicting thoughts. On one hand, I think that a lot of people have started reading more because e-readers have made it easier - which is good. But, fewer people are reading real "hard copy" books. I think we read digital books differently than we read ink and paper books. I feel a sense of nostalgia when I see an old movie with large book-cases. Those days, I believe, are gone forever.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @squidoopets: They don't say a book is a best friend for nothing!

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I am always reading a book - it's my favorite thing in the world

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @like-an-angel: :)

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      like-an-angel 4 years ago

      I'll restart reading stories to my kids with tonight! Thanks to remember why!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @delia-delia: Reading is important, but it can be really special experience to be read to or to read to somebody. I guess nobody gets all the benefits, so it is important to enjoy in what we have.

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Sadly my mother never read to me...when we were real young our maid occasionally read to us, especially the Grimm's Fairytale's (during our immigration and moves the books got lost.) I never read consistently to my daughters, maybe because of not being read to. I love old books with illustrations and have a nice collection for many years. I can never remember what I have read, so that is an issue...guess I just looked at the pictures ;-)

      But, I do read on a regular bases the Bible.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Indeed!

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Love your lens - reading is the ultimate relaxation!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Hope you'll find some good books:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Keep it up, nice lens! Exactly the info I needed to know.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @anonymous: Sure it is!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Read between the lines.... Reading is Important! :))

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @eccles1: Yes, this is one of greatest benefits!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @sukkran trichy: Yes, it is. Without reading where would we be now?

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Very nice lens! It is very important to read. It opens up the mind.

      Thank you

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      sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      Reading can makes one to learn not only languages but cultures, celebrations life styles and history of civilizations etc. etc. an interesting topic

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Melissa Miotke: Thank you very much. I appreciate it!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great lens. Reading is so important and it's important to instill a love at an early age. Blessed!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @JoleneBelmain: Reading is among most rewarding experiences.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      It is very important to read to your children. Not only does it teach them that reading can be great and a lot of fun, they will benefit from it.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @goo2eyes lm: Oh, yes, the three Rs!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      @WriterJanis2: Truth, truth, nothing but the truth! (Even with reading fiction.)

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      goo2eyes lm 4 years ago

      reading is as important as writing and ´rithmethic.

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Reading is such a great way to learn and a wonderful source of entertainment.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @piedromolinero: I agree 100 percent on this one!

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      I love to read books since I was a small boy and I am happy that my daughter feels the same. Reading is so important.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Heidi Vincent: Thanks for your kind words:)

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      As an avid reader myself, you have covered many of the important points of reading.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @Ajeet: I agree on this one!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      @aesta1: That makes two of us:)