Reading makes the possibilities limitless. You can soar through the sky or go to another world, you can go back in history or forward in time, you can become as small as an atom or as large as a universe. What you do and where you go is totally up to you. It enriches our imaginations and is a workout for our brains. It is how people can learn and do their own research instead of just listening to others. It opens doors to furthering your education and landing a good job. There are all kinds of reasons to read. Everyone probably has a different reason. I read to get away, to live a life outside of my own, to destress. I teach my son to read so he knows that his future can be whatever he wants it to be.
Reading is a jumping off point for developing your own thoughts/ideas/beliefs. You read about situations you're not personally involved in and think about how they did it and how you would do it. You think about WHY you don't like Draco Malfoy and discern the differences between him and Voldemort. You realize that there are shades of gray, and your mind allows you to see more of the universe in play. That and it's just tons of fun. :)
I read because I enjoy it. I read because I like to learn, and I read because it is a way to connect to a more varied human experience. When I read words another person has written from their experience or their imagination, I'm sharing in that journey, in a way. I read because I love language, and I thrill to run my brain over the texture of words. I'm sure there is a quest for escapism in there, too. Who doesn't need an externally quiet break to light the inner fire?
I want my LO to be a reader because reading not only improves reading and language, but makes a smarter, quicker, better person. I have seen it in my oldest. Once ODS started reading for pleasure, he was more focused, his grammar was perfected in a snap, and his thirst for constant learning was quenched day by day. That made for a calmer, more thoughtful, more centered child. All that my boy knows and was taught beyond basic human empathy and intuition either came directly from reading, or the knowledge was sparked by reading. Even all that I have taught him beyond innate horse sense and experience came from the written word at some point. That's HUGE. Books are powerful, and they lend power to the reader.
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