Pick Up a Book and Change a Life
- Increased Learning: every aspect of learning requires reading. The better one can read, the better one can study and learn.
- Development of Empathy: fiction stories put the reader into the shoes of the characters, allowing them to experience the highs and lows of their life—nothing will build empathy and understanding for other people quicker than reading a great fiction book.
- Improved Imagination and Creativity: fiction will stimulate the imagination as the reader and hearer read about locations they have never been, characters that thrill and inspire, and so on, without being given much in the way of visuals. The mind will have to form the images, which strengthens and enhances the imagination and creativity.
- Improved Language Skills: when a child is reading or hearing a story above their grade level, they will be challenged with new words, and they will learn what the words mean in the context of the story, which is one of the best ways to learn a language and its usage.
- Form a Special Bond with Your Child: grow closer to your child by entering an imaginative, immersive world where you experience the unfolding of the story together, creating memories that will last long after you read it together.
- Increased Concentration and Discipline: stories challenge the brain to follow and understand a narrative, all the while attempting to anticipate where the story is going. It also requires the mind and body to calm down and focus on one thing, helping to settle down emotions and mental activity.
- Cultivating a Lifelong Love of Reading: reading over a lifetime can only help and benefit your son, daughter, grandchild, niece, or nephew. So reach out and read to them.
Stories and Health are Intertwined
“Literacy and health are closely intertwined. Research has proven that stories are a powerful mechanism for building resilience and helping young people develop empathy, foster emotional intelligence, and find strength. …“Building social connections is one of the most important predictors of resilience, and literacy can provide a powerful source of those connections. We know that literacy increases how students and families engage. Bringing children and families together around shared stories and narrative has a lifetime benefit as narrative brings people together and builds community. …“Reading increases a child’s capacity for critical thinking, develops empathy skills, gives them the support they need during challenging times, and builds much-needed resilience promoting skills which can help protect against various mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. To put it clearly, literacy is not just an educational intervention but is an investment in a child’s health for the long haul.”*