Because I read, I can….

Scholastic has just realised this video of a number of kids answering the question “Because I read, I can…”, telling us just a few of the positive ways in which reading has influenced them. Check it out below!

I adore the message behind this and just had to share it with you all. Reading can have so many positive benefits on people of all ages, children and adults alike, and it’s wonderful to see that the wonders of the written word have not been lost on this bunch.

How has reading influenced you?? What are the reasons you choose to read? Comment below and let us know.

Happy reading!

EM

5 Tips for Encouraging Your Child to Read

Reading is crucial to the development of a child’s language and pronunciation skills, their ability to think critically and to feel empathy, to their understanding of different cultures and ways of thinking, among so many other things (check out our blog post on why it’s important to read with your kids). But sometimes, it can be a struggle to get them to engage with books.

As a kid, I never had any problem with reading; I looked forward to reading with my mum every night, and as I grew old enough to read on my own I continued to enjoy reading. At some point, I lost my way (probably when I started drowning in homework at high school, and now assignments at university) and have only recently rediscovered my passion for reading. Now, there are few things I’d rather be doing than reading a good book.

My brother, on the other hand, was never one for reading. He never inherited my mother’s love of books, and never really read for fun. Outside of the Goosebumps and Captain Underpants phases that all boys at my primary school went through, I daresay he never read a book unless he absolutely had to, and even then, it was a struggle to get him to do it. If books were video games, however, you wouldn’t be able to get him to put the controller down!

Whether you’ve got kids who are like I was, who love to read, or you’ve got kids who are more like my brother, it’s important to encourage those kids to read. Here are some tips on how you might do that:

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5 Great Books as Recommended by You

At the beginning of this campaign I decided to run a survey, asking you all about the last truly great book you read. The aim of this was to demonstrate that there are so many books and genres out there, and that there is literally something for everyone, with any kind of taste – whether you’re into fantasy, romance, magic, psychology, scouting, there is always something to suit you.

A secondary aim of this was to remind the respondents why they loved these books and to hopefully inspire them to either read them again, or to go in search of similar material to experience the same sensations they’d felt whilst reading their recommended book.

To encourage those of us who do not read regularly to take up the activity on a regular basis, we need to demonstrate that it’s going to be enjoyable for them, no matter what their interests.

Here are 5 of my favourite responses from the survey:

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The Great Debate: E-Books vs Paper Books

In the battle for ultimate reading-format supremacy, which side will you choose?

I took the time to interview 4 students at the University of New South Wales, Bethany, Isobel, Victoria and Vesna, each of whom gave similar responses – that they prefer paper books, but can see a number of benefits of e-books and e-readers. So let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of e-books and paper books!

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Why You Should NEVER Feel Ashamed Of What You Read

While I was sitting by the pool in Hawaii, I took the cover off my hardcover copy of The Heart of Betrayal because I didn’t want anyone to see me reading fiction aimed at 12-17 year olds. My godmother has special book covers made out of patterned-fabric to put her books inside – she says it’s to protect them, but on another level, I’d say it’s because she doesn’t want anyone to know she’s reading Harlequin romance novels. When was the last time you told someone about what you were reading? When was the last time somebody even cared? We ask each other what TV shows we’re watching all the time – but books hardly ever come up in conversation.

Why?

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A Book is More than Just Its Cover Art

To my readers: I am a hypocrite.

I must confess, a lot of the time, I do judge a book by its cover. In the literal sense, not the proverbial sense. I don’t mean to, but I feel like it’s something a lot of us do, and perhaps don’t even realise we do it.

My genre of choice is Young Adult, and YA covers can, unfortunately, be a bit hit and miss sometimes…

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Five Reasons (Possibly More) Why You Should Read Regularly With Your Children

I remember once upon a time, in what seems like a lifetime ago, my mother and I would snuggle up in bed for about half an hour of reading, sometimes more, each night. Sometimes she would read to me, other times I would read to her. Some of my favourites  were Madeleine, by Ludwig Bemelmans, Noddy, by Enid Blyton, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly, by Pam Adams, Tiddalick: The Frog Who Caused A Flood, by Robert Roennfeldt, and Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. At the time, I thought it was just a bit of fun each night. I loved reading those books. I loved reading with my mum every night.

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At the time, I had no idea that reading with my mother every night was helping to shape me into the person I am today, and the person I will be in the future.

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The A-Z Bookish Survey

This one is for all you avid readers out there! Share a little bit about your reading habits and recount your most loved books by taking this little A-Z survey. Originally posted by The Perpetual Page-Turner in 2013, the survey appears to once again be making the rounds on Twitter. It’s a bit of fun, why not give it a go?

Behold! This author’s responses!

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Dozens of Genres to Choose From

In the world of literature, there is something for everyone. There is a book genre suited to anyone’s interests, whether it be politics or history, science fiction or fantasy, romance or drama, satire or comedy, gardening or cooking – the list goes on and on. If you think there is nothing out there for you – you are mistaken.

Goodreads provides an extensive list of different literary genres. Here are some of the most popular ones:

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