Reading is important! International Children´s Book Day
April 2, 2015  |  Written by M. Rodrigo Brao

April 2nd marks the International Children´s Book Day. Coinciding with the birth of writer Hans Christian Anderson (1805-1875) the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) Organization promotes and encourages children all around the world to read. This year, the chosen topic is “Many cultures, one story “ included in the 2015 sign created by writer Marwa Obaid and illustrator Nasim Abaeiam, both from United Arab Emirates. The website offers information on activities and programs you and your children can take part in and enjoy. A perfect plan to cultivate their love for reading.

Reading is Important

On such an important day, we should remind ourselves all the benefits that reading provides. Many of us know how important it is but we don´t really know why. Keep reading to discover them.

Reading improves our relationship with our children

Reading out loud creates a sense of intimacy with our children. They will appreciate your time and effort and will associate reading with pleasurable times spent together. According to Bridie Raban, in her article published by The Sydney Morning Herald, we should read with our children every day. You must also find the right time to discuss books and share your thoughts.

Improves Basic Learning

Several studies have proved that children who read or have first-hand contact with books before their preschool years, are better at learning. It also helps them speak and develop language skills at an earlier age.

Improves other skills & Logic

When children read, they learn abstract thoughts and apply logic and common sense. They also discover the rules of cause and effect and the consequences that certain actions have, which they can apply to their world. Besides, books are excellent tools that help spark their imagination. Fairy tales, for example, allow them to distinguish what is real and what is imagined.


Develops their social skills

When reading to our children we must help them see how the characters are interrelated and discover what their feelings are. That way they can learn to identify how people in the real world relate to one another, what types of emotions exist and how they are expressed. Little by little, they will eventually learn to cultivate empathy. Through reading and books, children also discover what society considers to be good or bad behaviour.

Activates their Curiosity

Books are open doors for children to explore the world they live in. Toddlers learn about colours, shapes and numbers. Older children are exposed to an infinite range of subjects and reading further promotes their knowledge. That is why we must provide them with books that best suits their interests. If they like cars, for example, they´ll most likely also love books on planes and trucks and how they work. As they grow older, you can offer them books, which teaches them about space, science and technology. A recent study, published by Perspectives on Psychological Science proved that “children who read on a regular basis can improve their IQ by 6 points. “

Improves their Attention

They might get restless at the beginning but they´ll learn to be patient and listen. Because reading helps them extend their attention span and their memory, two of the abilities they need when it comes down to studying.

Good attitudes and new experiences

As our children grow, they experiment new sensations, some of which can cause them fear and anxiety. Reading stories that deal with these subjects is a good way to overcome and deal with them. If your child gets nervous on his first day at school, for example, a book is all you´ll need to show him how to appreciate the positive things they´ll encounter.

What will you and your children do to celebrate International Children´s Book Day?

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