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What is Reading?

The day that man discovered the proper use of letters, reading became the non-detachable part of daily human affairs. If we look deep into the meaning of reading, then the term has not only one definition but several definitions. The most precise definition of reading could be, “the process of extracting the meaningful information from the series of alphabets, numerals, and various other symbols”.

Reading is not only about extracting information from the series of letters and words. In fact, the term reading covers a large area. The process of extracting information from the gestures and emotions of the other individuals comes under the definition of reading.

However, in this article, we will only discuss the importance of reading various texts which includes various books, novels, and literature.


Imagine a world where people do not know how to read things! It would be largely impossible for us to acquire information just as we acquire it today from newspapers, journals, and books. Even people who write the information in different sources are also well aware of the art of reading texts. Thus, reading is the receptive skill that helps an individual to receive important information about the particular thing, subject, or society.


The most interesting thing about reading is that it acts as the separator between the literate and illiterate. There is still a large section of illiterate people in the world who don’t know the skill of reading texts and symbols. Most of them are in under-developing countries that include India, Pakistan, Somalia, and parts of Asian and African countries. The larger the literacy rate of the country, the greater will be its development index and the more it will contribute to the development of the nation. The reason the USA, UK, and European countries are ahead of Asian and African countries is that European countries have a small population and almost all of them are not only literate but are also educated to various higher degrees. While the natives of Asian and African countries are very much high in population and many of them do not have access to basic amenities, which also includes education, thus making them illiterate. Thus, reading plays a vital role and acts as a separator between the literate and the illiterate, which in turn also determines the literacy rate and development of the country.


Even the natives of America and the United Kingdom do not know the meanings of all the English words in their dictionaries. This is where reading plays a vital role. Being a native of a country does not guarantee the strong grasp of the language vocabulary. Reading helps individuals to strengthen the vocabulary of their respective languages.

There is a common norm of reading stories in a voice that can be heard by all. Even at night, parents read stories from the storybooks to their kids aloud. This has various benefits associated with it. Some of those includes:


Primarily, children acquire language through the act of listening to things. Generally, they encounter a high frequency of words inside the books read to them in a loud tone rather than the daily conversation. Reading in a loud voice allows children to hear new words regularly which automatically helps them to acquire a strong grasp on the vocabulary of their respective language.


We are all born innocent and with an undeveloped mind. Reading stories to children in a loud tone helps them to experience things and imagine the different situations. This strengthens their mind in the initial stages and also brings a huge change in the attitude of perceiving things and reacting to different situations.


Kids love entertainment! When a teacher inside the class reads a story to the children aloud, or a mother tells the story to her child at the bed, the child feels entertained and all the stress or boredom haunting the child diminishes away and a sense of self–confidence develops inside the child.


According to research, reading aloud to children helps them understand the words properly and strengthens the vocabulary, which in turn helps them to read and spell the words correctly, thus also building writing skills. The goal is to alternate between reading to a child and having them read independently.

According to Jessica Logan, the Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Ohio State University, "Kids who hear more vocabulary words are going to be better prepared to see those words in print when they enter school”. The kids exposed to a daily story listening environment by their parents have almost one million extra words in their vocabulary than the children that are not read aloud by the parents. Kids that are read to tend to have more IQ (Intelligence Quotient) and also react to different situations and circumstances with a positive attitude. The kids are also great storytellers, novelists, and writers, and use words that are more sophisticated and advanced.

As you can see, reading has so many benefits! The reason reading has attained so much attention, name, and fame is because it not only helps adults, children, and kids attain a strong grasp over language skills and vocabulary but also strengthens the mind of the individual’s thinking process.

Thus, people must make a habit of reading books, newspapers, journals, and other pieces of literature daily. Parents are advised to read storybooks and other entertaining books to their children aloud such that they strengthen themselves in the vocabulary. It is important to strengthen literary skills as soon as possible. Head over to our YouTube channel ( for read-aloud stories! Comment your favorite books, we would love to hear it. Also, comment any questions or additional information you would like to share.

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