By Amy Pelch
October 20, 2017
Reading can so often be seen as an individual or personal activity. Yet, when we read a great book all we want to do is tell everyone about it, join book clubs, hear the author read it, or read it with our friends! For children especially, reading together can be an enriching and fun experience.
Reading is an adventure – In a good book, we’re going on a journey. This journey can be even more fun when you’re with a crowd who will definitely be acting up during the funny parts or expressing emotions when the book can get sad. We’re lead spelunking through caves, dancing through castles, or walking the plank of a pirate ship by the reader taking us through the book.
Strengthening empathy – When we read, we share experiences, hopes, joys, and sorrows all while engrossed in a good book. When kids are in a group, reading together, they can hear how everyone around them is reacting to the books while hearing how different people read different books, where they raise their voice or whisper, it all goes into the story and factors into the ways kids understand each book and how they understand the people around them.
Kids can see the way the adults interact with reading – When mom, dad, auntie, uncle express their shock at the big plot twist in the book, kids notice this and are even more excited. Also, seeing adults in their lives take an interest in reading can make kids want to read even more.
Creating a community – Through this process of reading together, kids and parents can make friends! This creates a new community in kids’ lives and better yet, a community forged through a love for reading.