Why Is Reading Important? 20 Benefits of Reading Books

I love reading, and so do my kids. But why is reading important? Reading is fun, but it is also really good for you. Here are some of the benefits of reading books. 

I love to read. I have always been a bookworm, and my favorite moments are when I am curled up on the couch or in bed, deep into a great book.

I also love reading books to my children and try reading to my children at least one book every day. Since I love reading, I also try to instill this love of books in my children. 

I want them to enjoy reading as much as I do, so we read picture books when they are young and move on to novels as they grow.

We have tons of books in our house; I constantly get books out from the library- physical books or on my Kindle with the Libby app, and we borrow books from anyone we can.

Luckily for my kids and me, reading books is an extremely important and beneficial thing to do.

Reading is one of my greatest hobbies because of all the amazing benefits there are to reading books. I love curling up with a good book!

Why is reading important? There are so many benefits to reading books, especially for our children. For many reasons, kids who are read to regularly are often more successful in life; overall, they just do better in many areas.

There are so many benefits to reading books- I have listed twenty here, but I am sure there are more!


Reasons Why Reading Is Important


1. Reading Books Encourages Empathy

One of the great benefits of reading is that 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 of reading fiction books on developing a person’s ability to empathize and have found that when a person, particularly children, lives the struggles and experiences the human condition from other people’s perspectives when reading, they learn to humanize others better.

Since reading puts you in the place of another character, you learn to live and see the world from other people’s perspectives, which helps you develop empathy.


2. Reading Books Helps To Increase Vocabulary

Kids who are read to regularly early in their childhood are exposed to over a million more words by the time they reach kindergarten than those who aren’t- this exposure means that children learn an expanded vocabulary from reading books.

In addition, when reading books, you expose yourself to different patterns of language and vocabulary not used in everyday life- this gives you more and more vocabulary to use and lean on.

When we read, even as adults, we learn new things, including new language and vocabulary, which helps us keep on learning- even outside school hours.


3. Reading Books Makes You Better at School

When you read to a child regularly, you give them a chance to be better at school.

Not only do children become better readers and more fully prepared to begin school, but they also understand new skills more easier and more quickly than children who aren’t as exposed to reading.

In addition, when you read, you learn language patterns, new words, problem-solving, and important information. All of this helps you become better at school and gives you an academic advantage.


4. Reading Books Makes You Less Stressed

Who knew that reading has health benefits? Who enjoys being stressed? Not me!

Stress is an inevitable part of life. But high levels of stress are not good for your health. Reading is known to be a good stress management technique, and it helps reduce tension.

According to a study done by the University of Sussex, reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. This is because reading relaxes the muscles and lowers your heart rate, lowering your stress levels and blood pressure. Reading lowers stress levels.

Want to live longer and have a more relaxed life? Read a book!


5. Reading Books Makes You Feel More Positive

Reading enjoyable books is an even better stress reliever. Funny books help you relax, and fiction books help you see that anything is possible. Information that we receive throughout the day affects us, even if we don’t realize it.

If you are constantly overloaded with negative information or keep thinking negative thoughts, you start to adopt a negative mindset. This can be disastrous to your mental health.

On the other hand, if you read positive things, you send positive messages to your subconscious mind and create a positive mindset. 

6. Reading Books Helps You Sleep Better

Remember that I said that reading slows your heart rate and relaxes your muscles? Well, that helps you sleep better! Many adults have trouble sleeping at night.

But, scientific studies have shown that reading before bed helps you fall asleep faster and improves your sleep quality.

This is because reading forces you to use your brain muscles, making the brain feel tired and helping trigger sleep.

So, reading before bed can make you fall asleep more easily and feel more rested – definitely worth making reading a nightly habit!


7. Reading Books Helps You Concentrate Better

Reading keeps you engrossed and concentrated on the words you are reading. So, if you read regularly, you are practicing how to concentrate better. Just like anything else, practice makes concentrating easier over time.

This ability to concentrate while reading will translate into other areas of your life and help you concentrate better when you need it most. Even a few minutes of reading will help you concentrate better.


8. Reading Books Improves Your Memory

When you read, your brain works hard to put different things together. Studies have shown that these processes can help improve your memory.

In addition, reading to children will help them have better memories as they grow older and is something that you can do to improve your own memory even as you get older.

So if you struggle with remembering things, grab some books and read!


9. Reading Books Prevents Cognitive Decline

Reading keeps your mind sharp and may reduce the frequency and severity of cognitive decline as you get older.

A study on this done by Cambridge  says, “Frequent reading activities were associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline for older adults at all levels of education in the long term.”

That means that reading books can help reduce the chance of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as you age.

So, if you are worried about old age or want to keep your mind sharp, then grab a book, fiction or non-fiction, and start reading!


10. Reading Books Makes You Smarter

Reading forces you to process information in different ways. You have to read and understand words and understand the overall plot’s meaning.

All of this works together to make different parts of your brain work harder.

Reading a lot, especially when young, actually makes you smarter. The mental stimulation that comes from reading makes your child smart.

Continuing to read into adulthood will help improve your brain function and make you a smarter person!


 11. Books Teach You New Things

I am not only talking about non-fiction books here.

Fiction books can also teach you new things- including facts and details but also a new way to look at the world and teach you about other people, places, and cultures.

Reading a fiction book teaching takes place in a different time and place than what you are used to will teach you about a whole new world quicker than any essay in a textbook or any placard in a museum.


12. Reading Books Helps You Problem Solve Better

Books can be the most incredible tool for solving any problem.

Are you stuck in a situation? Divert yourself from the issue and dive into reading books.

You may get a new perspective from a book, and you will be able to view the same problem from a different angle and speed up growth and problem-solving.

This works in two ways: either your book will give you a new way to approach the problem and find a new solution, or taking a break from your problem and focusing on something else will allow your brain to think of new ideas on its own.


13. Reading Books Expands Your Imagination

Unsurprisingly, reading is a great way to expand your imagination. When you read a book, your mind often visualizes the story and characters in your head.

When you read, your imaginative skills are strengthened and improved because you get to imagine the different descriptions of what people, places, or objects look, sound, feel, etc.

When I was younger, I loved reading books. The pages would take me on a journey that led me through different worlds.

Some of the stories were so good that they would never leave my mind. I’d always think about them and daydream about the places I wished to visit.

Reading is beautiful because it can lead you to places you never knew existed and let your imagination run wild in those worlds.


14. Reading Books Makes You a Better Writer

Want to be a better writer? Start reading books! Reading books improves a person’s vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills.

It will help you create well-developed characters with backstories, develop settings that are rich in detail, and use high-level thinking to come up with unique plotlines.

Reading can also help people learn new language patterns by providing exposure to different languages while reading and expanding vocabulary, which can help with communication skills.


15. Reading Books Makes You a Better Person

Reading books helps you understand people better. Not only does this increase your empathy towards other people in various situations, but it will also actually make you a better person.

Understanding that different people come from different places, experience things differently, and have different realities and emotions will make you a more understanding, compassionate, and patient person. That is why reading books is one of the best things you can do!


16. Reading Books Helps Your Kids Succeed

If reading books makes you smarter, helps you do better at school, increases your empathy, makes you a better writer, learn new words, and all of these other benefits that come from reading books, then it follows that reading books will help your kids succeed in life.

Don’t believe me?

Studies show that children whose parents read to them and who enjoy reading for pleasure do better in school and are more successful overall.


17. Reading Books Helps You Escape

Take a break from life and escape into a book when life seems a bit much to handle. Then, when you come back, you will be refreshed and ready to cope with whatever life throws at you.

I can also attest that reading is one of the world’s best coping mechanisms.

I’ve lived a thousand lives within the pages of my favorite books, and I turn to them like old friends when my own life feels suffocating.


18. Reading Books Is Fun!

Who can deny this amazing benefit of reading?

Reading a book that you enjoy is fun! If you don’t enjoy reading, try a different type of book- there are so many types, different genres, and different types of books (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, comics, and more).

Find what you enjoy reading and have tons of fun because there is nothing as fun as immersing yourself in an amazing book.

19. Reading Books Is a Cheap and Free Hobby

I am all about frugal living! Encouraging a great hobby that is cheap and most usually free is the way to go! You don’t need expensive hobbies and activities to keep you busy.

Reading is cheap and easy and very often free.

Libraries are the best places to get free books for kids and yourself, and there are so many places where you can get free books online or free books by mail.

You don’t need to spend any money to read; you can go anywhere in the world with your books!

20. Reading Teaches You Valuable Concepts

This one may be obvious, but books can teach you really valuable concepts.

Books can teach you about money, they can teach you about respect, they can teach you about authenticity, and they can teach you so many things.

Reading books is a great way to introduce yourself or your kids to these important concepts in a  friendly, non-pressurizing way.

Importance of Reading Books

Reading is important, and hopefully, reading about these 20 benefits will inspire you to pick up a book and teach your children to fall in love with reading.

Help your children create good reading habits by reading daily, going to the local library, and giving them access to all different types of books and audiobooks.

When you create a positive reading environment, then you will help your children read more.

Reading more will help your children be smarter, have better social relationships, be happier, have better brain health, and be more successful.


Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

4 thoughts on “Why Is Reading Important? 20 Benefits of Reading Books”

  1. My husband and I have been considering a birthday present for our niece. It’s a good thing I stumbled on your site because you indicated that reading helps people of all ages develop new ideas and new ways of expressing those views about the world. A children’s book, in my opinion, would make a lovely present. I’ll be sure to tell my hubby about this and get one for our niece as a gift.

  2. OH, I absolutely agree with the idea that learning to listen and read books as early as possible help kids learn better and easier about all kinds of things in life. Even babies who are not yet old enough to say their own first words will be interested in being read to and looking at the pictures. Read one page at a time, then talk about the picture on that page. That’s all it takes to get them started in learning to love books. Your toddlers will soon love going to the library too, proud to carry their own books home. I remember my 3 year old was upset because he had a book he loved that had to be returned. After I explained, he asked if he could check it out again. Problem solved. I also believe that early reading gave them an easier edge in learning and understanding everything all through school until college graduation. Both now have jobs in computer programming. My youngest is now married and reads stories to his 1 and 4 year old daughters without any prompting from me. The girls love it! YAY!!


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