I love writing books because I get to create worlds where anything is possible. I believe it's so important to escape into books and let our imagination fly. This gives us the time and space to explore the world in new ways and learn about our place in it.
Of course, there are just so many other benefits of reading as well. There is no question that reading makes people smarter and more confident learners, thereby helping students perform better in school. When I ask students what are the benefits of reading, they tell me reading helps them to survive, and gives them increased: mental stimulation, knowledge, vocabulary, memory, concentration, writing skills, and empathy.
The terrible reality, however, is that many children (63% in fact) are infrequent readers, meaning that they will only read, on average, 17 books per year, as opposed to frequent readers who will read 45.6 books per year read. The difference is staggering and it's very concerning that so many children are missing out on the many benefits of reading.
I believe one the keys to creating frequent readers is to empower parents to help their children become hooked on books. There are three simple steps that parents can follow, including: embracing their child's reading journey, improving their child's reading skills and providing books that their child loves. This will increase the number of books their child reads and help create a lifelong love and connection with books.
I will often blog about these issues, providing practical advice and tips for parents to help support them as they support their children on their reading journey. If you would like to sign up to receive these blog posts, please enter your email to the left of this message.
Thanks for dropping by, and remember, most children - of all ages - love reading books aloud with their parents, because they see it as a special time. As parents we will never get this time back again, so treasure the snuggles on the couch with your child, as much as they do.