Have you given any thought to "why" you read? I suppose we all read to learn new things, keep up with what is going on in the world around us, and because we have a curiosity to know more. I often read fiction when I need to relax or replenish the well. Sometimes I think reading is an escape. That may sound like a bad thing, but I think it is actually a good thing. It is sort of a vacation from the reality of our problems and day to day living. I may read one book after another until I realize it is time to return to the real world. Then I take a break from reading for awhile until the need strikes me again.
We all read without really thinking about it. We read mail, documents, bills, menus, forms, labels, the Bible, and notes from the teacher, just to name a few. We read because we must. Reading helps us navigate through our lives. We would truly be lost if we couldn't read.
Sadly, there are still people in this world who cannot read, but gratefully, there are volunteers willing to teach them. That is how important it is. It is important that as parents we encourage our children to read the funny papers, cereal boxes, billboards, church bulletins, road signs, menus, and books. You will give them a better today and a brighter future.
Expand their universe. Make sure each of your children has a library card. Teach them to use the library. Help them pick out books about subjects that interest them, both fiction and non-fiction. They will be better students and more interesting adults because of your encouragement. Those reading choices will help to shape their character and be responsible for the person they become.
Why do you read?