Celebrating National Reading Month

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Every year, many school-aged children celebrate National Reading Month by celebrating the birthday of the beloved author Dr. Seuss. If you walk into any school this month, you will probably see images, photos, books and more of The Cat and The Hat, Green Eggs and Ham or The Lorax scattered about in the best possible way. You will find children gathered around in a circle listening to their teacher read from a book full of bright, colorful pages. You might also see students on the floor flipping through pages of books you remember reading as a kid.

Reading from printed books are not only enjoyable, they might even be scientifically important for children. This New York Times story quotes pediatrician Dr. Pamela High, who said: “There’s a lot of interaction when you’re reading a book with your child. You’re turning pages, pointing at pictures, talking about the story. Those things are lost somewhat when you’re using an e-book.”

Plus, reading a paper book is not only nostalgic for adults, but important, too! According to a survey commissioned by Scribd, "Americans love reading and wish they could do more." Some of the findings include:

  • 81% of Americans don't read as much as they'd like to.
  • 85% believe reading is an investment in themselves and their overall well-being. Reading can also help relieve stress.
  • Reading was more satisfying than spending time on social media: 5% felt they wasted time by reading, compared to 35% of social media browsers and 32% felt smarter after reading, compared to 7% who felt smarter after browsing social media.
  • 55% only need fifteen minutes of reading to feel like they've accomplished something.

So pick up a book and get started on your #15Pages a day journey today!