National Read a Book Day

National Read a Book Day falls on September 6th, it calls for all book lovers to indulge in their favourite hobby, guilt-free. In a world deluged by technology. Read a Book Day encourages us to silence the noise and turn the pages for a while. It’s rare that you would read a book and not experience a new thought or perspective you’ve never considered before. We open ourselves up to new information when we read and can experience walking in someone else’s shoes.

Benefits of Reading

At Tops we try to emphasise the benefits of reading, both for the parents and their children.

  • In adults reading renews energy and elevates mood
  • Improves brain connectivity
  • Increases your vocabulary and comprehension
  • Empowers you to empathize with other people
  • Aids in sleep readiness
  • Reduces stress
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Fights depression symptoms
  • Prevents cognitive decline as you age
  • Contributes to a longer life

It’s especially important for children to read as much as possible because the effects of reading are cumulative. However, it’s never too late to begin taking advantage of the many physical and psychological benefits waiting for you in the pages of a good book. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language & listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. At just a few months of age, an infant can look at pictures, listen to your voice, and point to objects on cardboard pages. By drawing attention to pictures and associating the words with both pictures and real-world objects, your child will learn the importance of language. When children have a home library, as little as 20 books of their own, they achieve 3 more years of schooling than children who don’t have any books at home.

Make it a part of Daily Life

Although the life of a parent is often hectic, you should try to read with your child at least once a day at a regularly scheduled time. But don’t be discouraged if you skip a day or don’t always keep to your schedule. Just read to your child as often as you can. Most children enjoy listening to many types of stories. When stories are complex, children can still get the idea and can be encouraged to ask questions. When stories are easy or familiar, youngsters enjoy these “old friends” and may even help in the reading.

You may go through a period when your child favours one book and wants it read night after night. It is not unusual for children to favour a particular story, and this can be boring for parents. Keep in mind, however, that a favourite story may speak to your child’s interests or emotional needs. Be patient. Continue to expose your children to a wealth of books and eventually they will be ready for more stories. Good stories will encourage a love for reading, with or without conversation. Sometimes children need time to think about stories they have read. A day or so later, don’t be surprised if your child mentions something from a story you’ve read together.

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