The life of a young child is exciting. There is much to learn and explore, a whole world to discover. While the outside environment is stimulating by itself, the one thing that can transfer a child to another world is a book. Books are gateways to adventure, adventure that can be accessed from the coziness of your bedside, the rickety bus ride or a sleepy library.
Reading habits are not formed naturally in children. To form a reading habit requires an effort by the parents and the schooling environment. Children will be naturally drawn to the resources easily available to them. Sadly, nowadays, the most easily available resources are computers, smartphones and televisions that are more attractive children due to their audio-visual entertainment system, while books seem blander by comparison. But books stimulate the imagination, and the tapestry of the human mind can produce visuals far more stunning than can ever be recreated on screen.
Many fans of the Harry Potter series state that though the movies made a good attempt at translating the books into a visual reality, in their minds they had created richer visuals with more depth and clarity than the movies could. Books are a lifelong romance, faithful companions in times of joy and sorrow, they have the ability to make you dream and take you to places without moving an inch. Parents have an important role to play in the early development of children’s reading habits.
When given the right set of books that gradually increase in complexity and keep challenging the mind, the reading habit will form, and last a lifetime. Reading increases the size of the lobes of the brain, and is an essential to good learning outcomes in school and beyond.