There are so many reasons that reading is important that it’s hard to list just a few! Here are our Top 10:

  1. Reading improves concentration. This helps children in all their subjects at school, as well as later when they enter the world of work.
  2. Reading improves memory – also a great skill in all subjects.
  3. Reading improves language skills and communication.
  4. You can learn about the world and its people and places. You can learn about how things work and the processes that shape society.
  5. Reading can make you kinder. When we read about different people and their experiences, we understand them better and are more likely to sympathise with them.
  6. Reading can help develop self-esteem. When you understand the world (and your place in it) more fully, you can become more confident.
  7. Reading stimulates imagination and creativity. This isn’t just important for artists – it helps you think in a more creative way about problem-solving in all subjects.
  8. Reading can make you a more critical thinker – a vital skill for living in our confusing world!
  9. Reading together can be a bonding experience for parents and children.
  10. Reading is fun! It’s entertaining and interesting.

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies … The man who never reads lives only one." - George RR Martin