My beautiful relationship with books began before I could read. I was blessed with a bookworm mother who loved taking me to the public libraries wherever we lived in the United States. Plus, she read books to me every day. Those activities and a house full of books made sure that I’d grow up to be a huge bookworm – and an author too. I mean, what’s the best career for a book crazy girl? Writing, of course.
Recently, an acquaintance commented that children shouldn’t be allowed to waste time reading story books. That got me worked up. If you have the privilege to read story books, or rather, to read and have access to all kinds of books, you are super lucky! Here’s why I think everyone should grow up reading books – lots of books.
1) Books teach you communication skills. If you read a lot, chances are that your writing skills and speaking skills will improve. You’ll be familiar with proper sentence construction and grammar, while building an extensive vocabulary list for yourself.
2) Books remind you that you’re not alone. You find out that other people in the world face death, bullying, body shaming, parents’ divorce, disabilities and so on.
3) Books teach you empathy. When you love reading, you can relate to every character as if he or she is right there. Thus, you learn to feel what another person is feeling.
4) And of course, books are a fantastic source of entertainment. Some of us would rather spend weekends reading than going out for the night. And don’t let anyone laugh at you for having your nose stuck in a book because bookworms grow up to be cool, thinking, feeling adults!