Reading and imagination: what’s a childhood without books?


Reading and imagination: what’s a childhood without books?

Reading books, or having books read to us, is an extremely beneficial part of growing up. Books allow children to expand their minds. Through reading, they’re introduced to concepts and experiences separate from their own. Reading can teach creativity, empathy, and open young minds to new possibilities. 

9% of children and young people don’t own a book of their own at home. And those that don’t are three times more likely to have low literacy engagement than those who do. This shows the importance of encountering books throughout childhood. It can affect how a child develops and the literacy skills they’ll take with them into adult life. 

Broadened mindset

Bringing children up to enjoy books will be imperative to their development. Reading to children from a young age will help improve their vocabulary, ability to form sentences, and communication skills. 

As they get older, being able to read and throw themselves into fictional worlds will do wonders for their imagination. They’ll learn anything is possible and regularly test their creativity. Reading is an easy way for children to learn about environments and situations different from their own. They’ll be more likely to have a well-rounded perception and increased awareness of the world that surrounds them.

For children, the line between real and imagined is paper thin, before any lived experience interferes. A book they read is not fiction, it’s just a different place they haven’t been to yet. This level of imagination should be encouraged in all children. Our adult lives would be so much less fulfilling if we didn’t grow up as dreamers and channel some imagination into our day-to-day lives.

Improved mental well-being

Children that grow up reading tend to be happier than those who don’t. Those who are least engaged with literacy are twice as likely to have low levels of mental well-being. 

Being able to read offers an escape from the real world. As adults, we may seek refuge in a novel after a hard day’s work. Why should this be any different for children? The joys of reading and writing go a long way in reducing the effects childhood pressures may have. Amongst school, friendships, and growing up, children need a break too. 

Reading can provide a barrier from some of the negatives of growing up. It can also encourage a certain resilience in children who regularly read. Being able to better perform throughout education will also play its part in making children happier and healthier.

Reading is an important part of childhood and growing up. It encourages children to broaden their minds, improve their imagination, and explore new possibilities. It’s also been connected to mental well-being, with children who read having more of a positive outlook on life. 

It’s important we encourage children to engage with books and reading from a young age. This way they can be happier, more knowledgeable, and better prepared for the life ahead of them. By encouraging children, we can start to reduce the percentage of adults who will struggle with literacy, and get one step closer to solving the nationwide literacy problem.

At Coster Content, we’re committed to improving Greater Manchester’s literacy levels. Every child should be able to experience the joys of reading and be able to freely develop their imagination. We’re dedicated to making sure that becomes a reality. Are you? If you would like to know more, get in touch on 0161 413 8418.

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