COVID-19 has more kids reading

Reading holds a spot near and dear to my heart. I used to be far more of an avid reader than I am now, although I wish this wasn’t the case.

I fell in love with books, reading and words when I was quite young, and I’m pretty sure I had read all of the Harry Potter books (minus the seventh as it hadn’t been released yet) by the time I was eight. Since then I’ve read the entire series nine different times, if my recollection serves me correctly.

I firmly believe reading is such an advantageous practice for everyone, but especially for kids. If you’re able to get your kids reading from a young age, and they enjoy it, consider yourself blessed. Reading provides readers with the ability to temporarily escape to an entirely alternate reality, which enhances creativity and imagination, while simultaneously working the brain.

I therefore was delighted to read an article from The Good News Network explaining how kids are reading more since this pandemic began, and it’s improving their moods, too. Check it out.

“Literacy skills have actually improved in the pandemic, with children reportedly picking up more challenging books and getting lost in fiction to combat isolation, a study from the UK has shown.

“With schools often closed, many more pupils began to enjoy reading again—with 56 percent of young people saying they enjoyed reading either very much (24 percent) or quite a lot (32 percent).

“The study showed reading skills have improved over lockdown periods, with many children picking up longer books of greater difficulty.

“The National Literacy Trust’s Annual Literacy survey of 4,141 pupils across the UK found reading for pleasure dipped at the beginning of 2020, and recorded its lowest level of self-reported reading enjoyment since 2005 (48 per cent of children).

“But this changed drastically with three in five children saying reading made them feel better during the lockdown.

“More than a third also said reading helped them when they felt sad because they could not see friends or family,” the article states.

While it may not seem like it at times, this is another example of some of the positives than can come out of negative situations.

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