May 22, 2016

Reading: "It's Elementary!": How Books Prepare Our Children for the Real World

Reading has always been an important habit we instill on our daughter, and with its countless of benefits who could blame us? This week my awesome friends at Bookroo discuss just one of the many advantages of instilling the love of reading to our children. Read on to find out how the simple act of turning a page can prepare them for the real world...

When you think of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, you probably think of his genius character Sherlock Holmes, solving seemingly impossible mysteries through brilliant deductive reasoning. Or maybe you think of a certain address in London: 221B Baker Street. Or maybe you even think of the faithful sidekick, Dr. Watson, willing to support the eccentricities and shortcomings of his brilliant friend.

As much as we love the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, when we think of Arthur Conan Doyle these days, we think of the importance of helping children, from the beginning of their lives, develop a love of reading. Doyle himself shared his opinion of the importance of this when he wrote, “It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.”

Most of us have cherished books from our childhood. Harold and the Purple Crayon stands out as a favorite in our minds. We loved to see Harold’s imagination at work, creating all kinds of adventures for himself with nothing more than a drawing surface and a trusty purple crayon.

Isn’t that the beauty of teaching our children to love reading? That books are a pathway to adventure, to exploration, to imagination? Bestselling author and screenwriter George R.R. Martin, from whose book series the popular television series Game of Thrones was adapted, wrote, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies . . . The man who never reads lives only one.”

As you begin to build your child’s library, beyond introducing them to the world of books, you are preparing him or her for the real world. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage.” Multiple studies have shown the benefits of early childhood reading, including improved academic performance and high income potential. As the poet Strickland Gillilan wrote so eloquently in his poem The Reading Mother:

“You may have tangible wealth untold,
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be.
I had a Mother who read to me."

At Bookroo, we’re working hard every day to make it easier for parents to spend more time reading with their children. Our exciting Bookroo deliveries help children develop a love for reading. And parents appreciate our convenient and affordable service as they build their child’s library.
If you haven’t established a regular routine of reading with your children, now is a great time to start. And let Bookroo support your efforts. Our free Bookroo Reading App makes it easy for you to track how long you read each day, and our free downloadable activities help your child connect with books and reading all throughout the day.

Make today the day that you start to read every day with your child. As the famous detective Sherlock Holmes would say, “It’s elementary.”

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