Growing up as a bookworm, this month’s theme holds a special place in my heart.
Most of my childhood summers were spent reading books rather than playing outside. During recess, I would stay in class reading a book my mother bought me or that I had borrowed from my local library.
Although I definitely should have played outside with the rest of my classmates more often, reading was a way for me to escape my world, learn new things and broaden my imagination.
One of my childhood idols was Nancy Drew, from the Nancy Drew book series. Without those books, I would have never dreamed of being a detective as a child.
Reading books, like in my experience, is a means for children to stimulate their imagination and to better understand the world around them. Aside from fostering creativity and imagination, reading can allow kids to become better communicators, increase their focus and concentration at school and help them work on their speech skills.
Reading also became a bonding activity between my mother and I. Snuggling up under the covers with a book was an everyday activity that I looked forward to after school.
As parents, caretakers and teachers, I think we should all encourage kids to read more, whether it be through a local library, school library or community reading programs.
Reading books is a fun and educational activity for kids of all ages!