While most of us associate a good book or a must-read list of best sellers with summer, fall is the perfect time to visit the library, join a book club or snuggle up with a favorite title you’ve read before.
These young writers know the importance of reading and encourage you to make time for a good book or two.
The Power of Reading
By Bryce Jones
Have you ever been swept away to a magical land with dragons and goblins, or maybe transported to the scene of a crime in a murder mystery? Have you learned about important historical events or people from the books you’ve read?
Reading is one of the most enjoyable and helpful things you can do. Don’t pass up the power of reading and its many benefits.
Discover a wealth of knowledge.
When you read a book, you unlock the information inside of it. You can learn how businessmen built their multimillion-dollar businesses, how to build an airplane or send a rocket into space. You can learn about things that happened millions of years ago, and you can even get a picture of what the future may be like.
Improve your vocabulary.
Reading introduces you to new vocabulary, helping you learn to comprehend and utilize them. Reading shows you the proper spelling and usage of words. When you read challenging books, your vocabulary will grow.
Improve your writing skills.
While reading, you are being exposed to different formats, styles, genres and techniques authors use to communicate. Reading can help us improve our writing. It helps you to make connections with your experiences and learn how to convey them through writing.
Relax and reduce stress.
Reading takes you away from daily worries and into new worlds, worlds where you can be anywhere or anyone; places of adventures and mystery. You forget about your stress and just relax as you escape into a book. Reading can lower your heart rate and even help you to fall asleep.
If you have ever read a captivating book, you know that it is always bittersweet when you finish it. You keep turning the page to find out what happens next, but when you get to the ending, it is always sad that it is over. The good thing is, when you finish a book, there are always more you can read. Millions of books are being published each year, and they all have a wealth of knowledge or a captivating story.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive into an epic adventure, or explore space and time. Studies even show that if you read, you will live longer! If you don’t believe me, go read about it for yourself.
Bryce is an eighth-grader at Woodstock Middle School, and is an officer for the National Junior Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America.
‘Open a Book and Explore New Worlds’
By Saanvi Lamba
Although I enjoy swimming, traveling and spending time with my family and friends, my favorite thing is always reading.
During a trip to Washington, D.C., this summer, I visited the Library of Congress and saw the quote, “Open a book and explore new worlds.” The library was amazing, as was our White House tour.
I am passionate about reading, and was glad to see so many options for kids to read during the summer. Every summer, I read books to kids at Primrose School, since I enjoy reading to others. I also encourage my friends to participate in rewarding reading programs.
While the the Woodstock Public Library is a favorite place to participate in reading programs, I also participate in Barnes and Nobles, Books-A-Million and Scholastic reading challenges. Every step of reading contains knowledge and curiosity.
Choose what interests you.
The love of reading grows when you choose books that are interesting to you. I started my first book in the Harry Potter series this summer: “The Sorcerer’s Stone.” The more I read it, the more my curiosity grows about what happens next.
Make it a habit.
Make reading a part of your regular routine. I prefer to read in the morning and before going to bed, but I also enjoy reading during road trips and on planes.
Explore and expand.
Reading is important because it helps with learning new words and new concepts, and also helps explore new thoughts and expand our imaginations. While I’m reading Harry Potter, I am completely engaged with its wizardly world.
I encourage everyone to make reading a habit, as it surely is going to help you in every aspect of your life.
Saanvi is a Girl Scout and a third-grader at Little River Elementary. She enjoys reading, writing, singing, dancing, swimming, taekwondo and playing violin.