Reading For Pleasure - Parents Page

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Promote Reading

  • 1.

    For entertainment All the benefits of reading mentioned so far are a bonus result of the most important benefit of reading; Its entertainment value. If it were not for the entertainment value, reading would be a chore but it needn’t be. Reading is not only fun, but it has all the added benefits that we have discussed so far. Much more enthralling than watching a movie or a TV show (although they have their many benefits as well), a good book can keep us amused while developing our life skills.

  • 2.

    To develop your verbal abilities

    Although it doesn’t always make you a better communicator, those who read tend to have a more varied range of words to express how they feel and to get their point across. This increases exponentially with the more volumes you consume, giving you a higher level of vocabulary to use in everyday life.

  • 3.

    It improves your memory

    When you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language “when you watch a film or listen to a tape, you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keep your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble.

  • 4.

    Improves your focus and concentration

    Unlike blog posts and news articles, sitting down with a book takes long periods of focus and concentration, which at first is hard to do. Being fully engaged in a book involves closing off the outside world and immersing yourself into the text, which over time will strengthen your attention span.

  • 5.

    It reduces stress

    A study by University of Sussex showed that reading reduces stress. Learners only needed to read, silently, for six minutes to slow down the heart rate and ease tension in the muscles. 

  • 6.

    To discover and create yourself

    With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we simply do not or would not had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail.

  • 7.

    Readers who enjoy the reading and improve the world

    A study done by the National Education Association USA, explains that people who read for pleasure are more likely to perform volunteer and charity work. Readers are active participants in the world around them, and that engagement is critical to individual and social well-being.

  • 8.

    It improves your imagination

    You are only limited by what you can imagine, and the worlds described in books, as well as other people’s views and opinions, will help you expand your understanding of what is possible. By reading a written description of an event or a place, your mind is responsible for creating that image in your head, instead of having the image placed in front of you when you watch television.

  • 9.

    Reading makes you smarter

    Books offer an outstanding wealth of learning and at a much cheaper price than taking a course. Reading gives you a chance to consume huge amount of research in a relatively short amount of time. 

  • 10.

    It makes you interesting and attractive

    This goes hand in hand with reading to become smarter. Having a library of information that you have picked up from non-fiction reading will come in handy in any conversation.  You will be able to engage a wider variety of people in conversation and in turn improve your knowledge and conversation skills.

Why Read For Pleasure

Reading for pleasure means any reading that is primarily for enjoyment. It covers a wide range of genres and publications, and includes both fiction and non-fiction. 


For example, gardening or cookery books can be read as instructional texts in order to carry out specific tasks, but can also be read purely for pleasure. 


Reading for pleasure should not be restricted to books from the school library but increasingly includes online reading, whether on a website, or via an e-reader such as a Kindle.

  • Fiction: Novels, short stories, jokes, comics, poetry, lyrics, plays and scripts

  • Non-fiction: Reference books, newsletters, letters, emails, biographies, memoirs, newspapers, magazines, websites


Why read for pleasure? Reading is a use it or lose it skill. If you don’t practice over time it becomes harder and harder.

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