10 Benefits of Reading Books as a school student

1. Children who read often and widely get better at it.

After all, practice makes perfect in almost everything humans do, and reading in no different.

2. Reading exercises our brain.

Reading is a much more complex task for the human brain rather than watching TV, for example. Reading strengthens brains connections and builds NEW connections.

3. Reading improves concentration.

Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If the read often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.

4. Reading teaches children about the world around them.

Through reading a variety of books children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience.

5. Reading improves vocabulary and language skills.

Children learn new words as they read. Subconsciously, they absorb information on how to structure sentences and how to use words and other language features effectively in their writing and speaking.

6. Reading develops a child's imagination.

As we read our brains translate the descriptions we read of people, places and things into pictures. While we are engaged in a story we are also imagining how a character is feeling. Young children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play.

7. Reading helps children to develop empathy.

As children develop they begin to imagine how they would feel in that situation.

8. Reading is a fun.

A book or an e-reader doesn't take up much space and is light to carry, so you take it anywhere so you can never be bored if you have a book in your bag.

9. Reading is a great way to spend time together.

Reading together on the sofa, bedtimes stories and visiting the library are just some ways of spending time together.

10. Children who read achieve better in school.

Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English. Children who are good readers tend to achieve better across the curriculum.

Why is reading books significant for a child right from her childhood?

There are multiple other benefits that reading can have on a child’s development, including:

Assisted cognitive development:

Cognitive development refers to how we perceive and think about our world in reference to our intelligence, reasoning, language development, and information processing. By reading to children, you provide them with a deep understanding about their world and fill their brains with background knowledge. They then use this acquired background knowledge to make sense of what they see, hear, and read, which aids their cognitive development.

Developing empathy:

When we read a book, we put ourselves in the story in front of us. This allows us to develop empathy as we experience the lives of other characters and can identify with how they are feeling. Children can then use this understanding to empathise in the real world with other people. Additionally, children will gain a greater understanding of emotions, which can help them understand their own emotions and those of others. This helps dramatically with their social development.

Gaining deeper understanding:

A book can take us anywhere: to another city, to a different country, or even to an alternative world. By reading a book, a child learns about people, places, and events that they couldn’t learn otherwise. This gives children a deeper understanding of the world around them and cultures that are different from their own.

Building stronger relationships:

If a parent reads with a child on a regular basis, then they will undoubtedly develop a stronger relationship with them. Reading provides parents with an opportunity to have a regular and shared event that both parent and child can look forward to. Furthermore, it provides children with feelings of attention, love, and reassurance which is key for nurturing and wellbeing.

Moreover, the impact of reading with children on their education is wide... Here is a small list:

  • Improved literary skills
  • More extensive vocabulary
  • Greater concentration
  • Higher levels of creativity and imagination
  • The parent and child bond improves
  • Their creativity skills develop.
  • Their social skills and interaction improve.

 At AJC School

Library has a seating capacity of 60 students. Separate reading hall is provide for the students and teachers. Our school library has fiction books, non-fiction books, reference books, literature books, biographies, general knowledge books, Fables and Folk tales, Cook books and Craft books, Poetry books in a series and Tamil, English, Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Hindi books. Teachers and students use library books which are of great help to them.

Library is essential for self education, information and knowledge. Education is the complex social process of gaining and experience formally. It involves a system used for the development of the students.

The school is very keen in corporating the reading skills to the students. To help a wide reading at present, the library has stocked about more than 15000 books, periodicals and Science Journals for both junior and senior students. Books which support class room learning, entertainment and informative purpose are available in a rich collection. It contributes optimistic impact on students to acquaint them with the world literature and to cultivate a love of reading.