Reading is important; it can help you on so many levels

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I love reading about–and discussing–the benefits of reading. I think there are so many.

Some of my favorite benefits from reading books are that:

  • Reading can help you know you are not alone;
  • Reading can help you safely experience or think about something that you might not be ready to experience in the world;
  • Reading can help you work through things emotionally, and come to a greater understanding;
  • Reading encourages imagination and creative thinking;
  • Reading can help increase your focus and thinking;
  • Reading can bring inspiration, hope, wisdom, comfort, and can act like a friend;
  • And reading can provide wonderful entertainment, while helping you learn, often without realizing it.

Reading is also an inexpensive form of entertainment, far cheaper than a movie or CD if you’re buying a book, and free if you get the book from the library.

Brad Isaac has written a great article on the benefits of reading (he’s listed 26 benefits). The article is geared towards adults, and seems focused on non-fiction (and has a little bit of hype), but most of the benefits are still the same for fiction readers and child and teen readers, including that reading can: stimulate brain activity and thinking; increase vocabulary; give you a glimpse into other cultures and places; improve concentration and focus; increase self-esteem; improve memory; improve reasoning skills; and much more. You might not agree with all his listed benefits or the way he’s worded them, but many are validating. Check the article out.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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