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Is Reading Literature Important?

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, there is a steady decline of literary reading. In fact, only 43 percent of American adults read at least one work of literature—novels, short stories, poems—each year. But, does it even matter if people are reading fewer works of literature? In short, yes!

Studies have shown that reading

reading actual books on paper is more beneficial than skimming social media posts or news updates on digital screens.

Reading literary fiction appears to increase empathy in readers because it allows them to see the world from another person’s perspective, whether it’s the author or the character imagined in the novel. Click here for more...

As National Reading Awareness Month comes to an end this March, there’s no better time to believe in the value of reading for your children’s development. Reading aloud even just fifteen minutes a day can help your children achieve new heights. Children who enjoy reading not only do better in language and literacy subjects, but in all of the different subjects as well, including math.

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