Empowered by Reading: The Benefits of Giving Youth Access to a Wide Variety of Reading Materials
Sep 19, 2022
Examining research conducted by experts in literacy, education, child development, and related fields, this paper underscores the benefits of providing children and youth with a wide variety of developmentally-appropriate reading materials, such as improvements in critical thinking skills and reading comprehension, as well as enhanced understanding and empathy. Key Findings include:
Providing children and youth with access to a wide variety of reading materials in which they can both see themselves and experience the lives of others benefits the individual reader as well as the community.
Books that engage readers with relevant and authentic stories encourage deeper and more prolific reading which, in turn, improve students' academic achievement, wellbeing, and future opportunities.
Books on controversial and challenging topics create bridges for difficult conversations with parents and other trusted adults and help youth critically navigate their world.
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