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Promoting the Pleasures of Reading: Why it Matters to Kids and to Country (Literacy & NCTE)

In their book Reading Unbound, Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith highlight the importance of reading for pleasure as it significantly contributes to cognitive and social progress. Encouraging children to read for fun can help them improve their literacy and get more exposure to different kinds of stories. If children can engage with the story by making connections, solving problems, and relating to the characters, it will make their reading fun and meaningful This can also make children feel proud of themselves when children finish a book and made connections. It is important that parents, guardians and teachers tell their children and students how important and enjoyable reading for pleasure can be.

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