Expert Article

Why And How Children Should Develop A Habit Of Reading

  • 30 June 2022

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” By Frank Serafini 

Reading habit should be developed right from early years

Reading is an enjoyable activity when one finds the right book. It not only imparts knowledge, but builds one’s imagination, reduces stress and relaxes them. The reader improves their vocabulary, language as well as writing skills. A good book not only builds their imagination but it also helps in creating images in their mind and enhances creativity. Building opinions in the mind also helps to express the thoughts better.

Reading habit  can be helpful!

One of the essentials to being successful in life is to read. It builds up confidence and develops speaking skills. It is good for one’s overall well being. Reading helps in understanding the different perspectives and makes one think critically, hence making them a good decision maker.

Books are called a man’s best friend. It imparts information, knowledge and can be carried anywhere. It can be read when one is bored, tired or even lonely. The best part is that it never runs out of battery.

Here are a few tips that can get you started to cultivate the reading habit and make you a lifelong reader. 

  1. Keep the books reachable, so you can grab it instead of any gadget.
  2. Read to someone, maybe your siblings, friends, or even your pet.
  3. Set some time aside for reading and follow it everyday. Read for atleast 20 minutes a day.
  4. Find a place where you can get comfortable with the book without any distractions.
  5. Discuss with your family and friends about the books you read. Inspire others and get inspired to read different books.
  6. Join a book club.

One can choose from a variety of books like fiction, non-fiction, poetry, mystery, folktale etc. The variety and selection of books are endless. One can choose between reading a physical book, magazine or even an ebook. Many ebooks are freely available online which makes it easily accessible. ‘Read aloud books’ and ‘Read along books’ help in improving pronunciation and increasing attention span. Audio books are also becoming very popular nowadays. It gives the flexibility to listen to books while traveling. Reading is a life skill which can be developed at any age. So, pick a book and enjoy reading!

Ms. Vinita Kamat
Teacher Librarian


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