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The Importance of Reading

Updated on March 5, 2013

Why is the Habit of Reading important

The Importance of Reading is difficult to express in words but can experienced by people from all walks of life. With the advent of modern technology, the Ipod and the Xbox have probably overtaken the humble Hardy Boys or Tom Sawyer in managing to catch the attention of the young kids. Parents and others would however do well to inculcate the habit of reading in children from a very young age and that will prove to be in good stead for the years to come.

Although one can take to reading at any age, I have seen that it is much easier to begin at a young age and develop a love and passion for reading rather than forcing oneself to indulge in this at a later age in life.

Reading has a host of benefits - tangible and intangible and should in fact become a habit as common as bathing or eating.

I have been an avid reader since my childhood (and I can't seem to thank my parents enough for this gift) and to this date my house and work desk have been overflowing with books as I constantly move from one book to another enjoying the pearls of wisdom or the fantasies that come along with them.

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The Importance of Reading - Reason #1 - Reading can make you Smarter

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Yes. Reading is a very active state exercise for your mind as opposed to watching TV or listening to music. Reading forces your brain cells to engage in activity as you paint a vivid image in your mind about the story that you are reading. This is what is most fascinating for me and also why I am always scared of watching a movie about a book that I have read. As the imagination in my head could be totally different from that depicted in the movie.

Your Brain is also a muscle which must be worked on a regular basis as this will keep your mental faculties constantly engaged and thus keep you sharper and smarter.

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This book is the richest, most comprehensive guided reading resource available today and the first systematic offering of instructional support for guided reading adherents.

This is an important book for teachers, administrators, prospective teachers, college professors, or anyone seeking to provide quality teaching to children in their first years of schooling.”–Harvard Educational Review


The Importance of Reading - Reason #2 - Reading can improve your Vocabulary and Language Skills

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If you are a regular reader, you are bound to come across the works of various authors and will be exposed to several different literary styles. You will keep on learning new words, phrases, idioms and learn to use them in several different ways as well.

One handy tip for youngsters - Keep a dictionary handy. If you come across a new word you didn't know about, look it up immediately in the dictionary. From my own personal experience I can tell you that this has done wonders for my vocabulary and I loved interacting with new words every day and with each new book that I read.

Keep reading new books, new genres, fiction, non-fiction, etc. Give yourself some variety and I am sure that you will pick up some new words each day.

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The Importance of Reading - Reason #3 - Reading makes you Knowledgeable

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Okay this one's a no brainer. Reading does make you knowledgeable. The more you read, the diverse books you read, each time you are adding valuable pieces of knowledge to your mental database.

Everyone knows how important it is to be knowledgeable to succeed in any area of life that you choose. It will perhaps be less surprising to learn that the most successful people in many walks of life would be the persons who are the most well read.

Noble Peace Prize winner and former President of Israel - Shimon Peres very wisely said ~

Your best friends are not only human beings, but books. To read books is like going to swim in a sea of wisdom, endlessly fascinating. And there are so many wise people all over the world, throughout history, and you can have it free, for nothing. And reading must become a daily habit. It's not that you can read once a week. I read day in and day out, and you make acquaintances with books. After a few pages, you know with whom you are dealing. Serious, unserious, far-sighted, repetitive.

Parent's guide to reading

The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

A plain-English guide to teaching phonics. Every parent can teach reading—no experts need apply!

Too many parents watch their children struggle with early reading skills—and don't know how to help. Phonics programs are too often complicated, overpriced, gimmicky, and filled with obscure educationalese. The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading cuts through the confusion, giving parents a simple, direct, scripted guide to teaching reading—from short vowels through supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. This one book supplies parents with all the tools they need.

Over the years of her teaching career, Jessie Wise has seen good reading instruction fall prey to trendy philosophies and political infighting. Now she has teamed with dynamic coauthor Sara Buffington to supply parents with a clear, direct phonics program—a program that gives them the know-how and confidence to take matters into their own hands.


The Importance of Reading - Reason#4 - Reading boosts Creativity

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What is Creativity - It's the ability to identify unusual or novel connections to a given set of facts. Creativity requires the individual to be knowledgeable in several areas to be able to make these connections.

Creative individuals are generally masters in their area of expertise and very good readers and thus knowledgeable about several different aspects. This constant reading and ability to think out of the box helps them to see patterns, novel connections or new solutions where others are not able to relate.

I was once on my way to a presentation about Innovative Tax Planning Strategies and was struggling to find a good opening anecdote. While on my way I dug into my stack of magazines that I usually carry and began to flip through "The Economist" magazine. I read a story about an unusual hoarding along a highway in California. The hoarding just had a mathematical formula with the words ".com" at the end suggesting that the answer to the formula would probably lead to some website.

Persons who solved the formula got something like a (just an example) and when they landed on the website, they saw an even harder mathematical formula. A privileged few who managed to crack that were led to another website which just said.

"Google welcomes you to submit your resumes"

Fantastic. The point here was not only did I read something fantastic, it also gave a mind a great boost, I used the "Innovation" connection and used it as an opening anecdote for my presentation.

Thus It is not always necessary to know what you will do with your reading. The dots will connect at sometime in the future and will give you innovative and creative solutions. Keep reading. You will definitely be more creative in whatever area of life you choose to excel

Start Reading Today

I have given you just 4 reasons to start reading today but I am sure you would find many more reasons to do so.

Get your children to read at an early age. Read to them when they are younger. It will also help you bond with them much more. Get them to love reading and then the passion of reading will automatically take over. Once it becomes a habit and something that you love and you are crazy about, it will remain for a lifetime.

At What Age did you start Reading?

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      3 years ago

      I started reading at the age of four.

      I enjoy going to library and book stall for borrowing and buying books.

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      4 years ago


      I formally

      learned reading when I was four and I never looked back ever since I was

      introduced to the world of literature. This is a great lens! With the help of

      technology, children can even start earlier nowadays. Parents just need to have

      access to appropriate tools. offers educational materials

      that will help children learn how to read and further develop their reading

      skills. Not only the tools are educational, they are fun and engaging as well.


    • KandH profile image


      5 years ago

      I don't remember when, it just seems like I have always loved reading - nice lens!

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      5 years ago

      I started reading at seven and never stopped since then. I took the liberty of featuring this lens, hope you don't mind. :)

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      5 years ago

      I don't know exactly when, but I know I have had a love for reading all of my life! I think it is one of the most important skills a person can have. It opens so many doors in my opinion. Thanks for a fantastic lens---that I was able to read.

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      Digory LM 

      5 years ago

      I think I was four. I really like this lens. Thanks.

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      6 years ago

      I began reading in the first grade and read a thousand children's stories that first year. I have not stopped. For me, there is nothing like holding a good worn book in my hands and smelling the pages while I am reading!

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      Linda Pogue 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I love to read. I think I was four or five when I started. Blessings!

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I enjoy reading. Nice to see a great lens on the topic!

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      6 years ago

      I enjoy reading. Nice to see a great lens on the topic!

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      6 years ago

      Very nice lens!

      Reading is most probably the basement of our knowledge - that we should improve daily - as a daily learning process and for leisure/ pleasure.

    • spunkyduckling profile image


      6 years ago

      Great tips about keeping a dictionary handy... and some interesting self improvement titles.. bet that ferrari book was targeted to men huh? Just speculating... I love reading and would love to read some of your favorites :)) Oh and so true about you said concerning reading a book and watching it on tv.. but I still do it anyway lol..

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      Scriber1 LM 

      6 years ago

      I started reading at age 4 and haven't stopped since! I loved reading this lens because I could tell you are passionate about reading. Great lens!

    • Mistl profile image


      6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I loved bedtime stories when I was a child so when I started school and was introduced to reading my mother had to promise me that she would still read aloud to me when I was able to read myself. She kept that promise and I started reading a lot. :)

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      Christine Larsen 

      7 years ago from South Australia

      Well-ll-ll....can't remember when I started - but DO remember my sister (10 years my senior) cuddling up with me each night in bed - BEFORE I could read myself - and falling asleep, which time, I would prod her sharply in the order to finish the story!

      Work it out why I am now a compulsive reader/writer/insomniac???

      I truly believe in reading and passing on the love of it to your children.

      All is possible to learn in this world...IF we can first read.

      Thank you for such a thought/memory-provoking lens.


      PS: Security word - powerful - well yes!

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      anupma lm 

      7 years ago

      nice and interesting lense.

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      7 years ago

      I think I started reading at age 5yrs, my daughter started at age 4. Great lens, I agree with all the reasons you listed for the importance of reading.

      check out my lens:


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      David Dove 

      7 years ago

      important message

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      7 years ago

      Makes me want to read more!

    • corteeze profile image


      7 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't really "get into" reading until I was out of school, but I'm trying to read to my kids as much as possible so they learn the importance of reading.

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      7 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I love the images you've used and the way you've used them so creatively with all the useful info - inspiring lens, thank you.

    • dschandar profile image


      7 years ago

      i love to read books, which give lots of information

    • OrganicMom247 profile image


      7 years ago

      Reading is very important. It improves your vocabulary skills.

    • UKGhostwriter profile image


      7 years ago

      fantastic lens, well done!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Great informative lens.reading is very good habit.Thanks for sharing. Work Plan Platform

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      Jhangora LM 

      7 years ago

      In my teens - books outside the school syllabus that is.

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      7 years ago

      A very important message. Thanks. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      pacrapacma lm 

      7 years ago

      I didn't enjoy reading myself as a child or young adult. My third grade report card showed problems with reading.

      I love to read as an adult and my passion is teaching kids to read. My favorite thing to do is help parents teach their own kids to read.

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      7 years ago

      sorry, I also started to read between 3 and 4. I knjow that I could read before I started school, which not only helped me with my lessons but I had an enhanced vocabulary as a result. We read for at least fifteen minutes to our two year old daughter every night. It is also a great time to bond (work away daddys or mummys will know how precious this time is).

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      7 years ago

      What a worthy lens, I'm tempted to buy the book on teaching your childf to read. On that subject please take a look at my lens, any comments would be welcomed.

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      8 years ago

      I started at 21 and now I am reading almost every day. I enjoy in reading books.

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      8 years ago

      I am an avid "reader" and have been since maybe the age of nine or ten when the "Little House on the Prairie" books captured my attention. I believe reading opens so many doors in life for us. Well done lens, Angel blessed today and featured on Pay It Forward.

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      8 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I enjoyed reading it - because I love reading. I can not count the books I have.

      I started reading very early and I remember that I always read under my bedcover (hope that's the correct word) with a flashlight instead of sleeping :)

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      Peregrina LM 

      8 years ago

      I don't really remember when I started to read. Probably six-ish. I remember a book called Pickle Juice.

      This is a beautiful page! I love the pictures. I've lensrolled it to my Do You Re-read? lens.

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      8 years ago

      I could read simple book by the age of 5.

      My sister thought me how to and I'm forever grateful to her.

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      As a reading teacher, I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wonderfully unique illustrations on the subject of reading.

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      Lloyd Pinto 

      9 years ago from Mumbai

      [in reply to a_willow] Thanks Michelle - I am truly a very religious reader and I am always pushing every one around me to read!!

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      9 years ago from Croatia

      Great lens! Reading has always been an important part of my life! Throughout school I've read a book per day! :) Not so many these days.... Blessed by an Angel!

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      Lloyd Pinto 

      9 years ago from Mumbai

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Thanks Kim. Glad you liked this lens.

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      9 years ago

      I started reading at 4, and one of my earliest memories is reading on a television program with a few of my Kindergarten classmates. I'm still in touch with some of those kids, and we sure laugh about it now. Our teachers encouraged reading and building a personal library. I've enjoyed your lens... Blessed by a Squid Angel.


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