The Importance of Reading

A Dime Saved
6 min readNov 21, 2023
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Reading is a huge part of my life. I enjoy reading for fun, as do many, but did you know there are many benefits to reading books?

Reading is so important for so many reasons. The importance of reading cannot be overstated.

I love reading. Since I was a young child, you would always find me with my head buried in a book. I was lucky to be raised by “readers”- by parents who always helped me find the best books and encouraged my reading habits. We had no TV in the house, and books were our primary form of entertainment. Library trips were a weekly occurrence, and books always surrounded us.

This love of reading has served me well over the years, and it is something that I still enjoy very much. Although I don’t read as much as I used to, my primary reading these days consists of children’s books; books, and reading are still a massive part of my life, and I am working to encourage a love of reading in my children as well.

We visit the library often, I use my Kindle to get free books online, and I constantly look for free and very cheap used books. My kids know that the biggest treat is a brand new book, and is one of the most oft-given presents in our home.

Those of you who love reading know why it’s so great, but did you know that reading for yourself and your kids has fantastic benefits? Did you know why reading is so important? Why is reading important?

Here are ten reasons that stress the importance of reading.

10 Benefits Of Reading Books
Reading Encourages Empathy

Reading is important because it equips people of all ages with new ideas and a new language for expressing ideas about the world. It even helps people develop a sense of morality.

Many studies show the effects that fiction has on developing a person’s ability to empathize and have found that a person, particularly a young person, lives the struggles and experiences the human condition from other people’s perspectives, learning to humanize others better.

Mark Koning, Education Writer, says, “Since reading puts you in the place of another character, you learn to live and see the world from other people’s perspectives.”