Our friends at Karadi Tales tweeted asking, Why Do You Think Children Should Read? We thought we'd ask around, and here's what we got. (The responses are from both people in our office, and from our friends outside via emails, messages and tweets.) In no particular order:
Divya - because it stimulates their imagination and transports them into far-away lands! It teaches them to dream...in a world where everything is hard reality- you don't want bricks in the wallyou can really do something only when you dream of it
Makepeace - besides increasing their vocabulary, its also a way to channelize their imagination and curiosity in a creative and productive way...also kids who read a lot besides being better at speaking and/or writing, also have a wide knowledge base and better reasoning skills
Anuradha - i think kids should read because it improves vocabulary, helps develop visualisation skills and reading gives kids character role models
Aarthi - how else do you build vocabulary? how do you build imagination?
Anonymous: er... tough one to put in words
id rather just tell a kid to - go read. :P
Maya:I want to say that books allow you to travel to different worlds.. yeeehaaww
Gautam: five years has been from the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) and some key findings for Karnataka were that only about 39% of the children between standards 1-8 can read a standard 2 level text with the implication that around 5.3 million children in the state who are unable to read in their medium of instruction. Only 11% children in Standards 3 to 5 can read an English sentence and only 35% children in Bangalore can read English.
This pathetic state of affairs threatens to ruin the lives of millions of children in Karnataka and much larger numbers across the country,