Bibliophilia or bibliophilism-Love of Reading 

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  • September 29, 2021
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It is the love of books, and a bibliophile or bookworm is an individual who loves and frequently reads books.

 

‘You may have tangible wealth untold; caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be. I had a mother who read to me’. —Strickland Gillian

I can never imagine my childhood without going through a story book or the nights without listening to my mother’s loving voice telling us siblings a new or repeated story at bedtime.

Our world circulated around the imaginary world full of fairies, goblins, elves, witches, giants, kings and queens.

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Fairy tales in childhood are stepping stones throughout life, leading the way through trouble and trial. The value of fairy tales lies not in a brief literary escape from reality, but in the gift of hope that goodness truly is more powerful than evil and that even the darkest reality can lead to a Happily Ever After. Do not take that gift of hope lightly. It has the power to conquer despair in the midst of sorrow, to light the darkness in the valleys of life, to whisper “One more time” in the face of failure. Hope is what gives life to dreams, making the fairy tale the reality. —L.R. Knost

Reading is my hobby. I like to read books in my leisure time. I am fond of the Harry Potter series written by J.K.Rowling. I have also read other books like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; The Tale of Peter Rabbit; Winnie-the-Pooh; The Adventures of Rusty and The Malgudi days.
Besides, the novels and books, I also read the children’s magazines like the Champak, Tinkle, and Wisdom.

I believe that ‘There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book. —Frank Serafini.

The love for reading has to be inculcated in the child from the beginning, which is the prime duty of the parents and grandparents. They have to lead to believe in the imaginary world to make them believe in dreams and encourage their imagination and creativity.

 

READING EARLIER AND NOW:

In earlier times, children either go outside to play or read books at home. But now reading books have been replaced by electronic gadgets. Reading habit for children will help them in the long run. They will learn new things, reading moral stories will help them to learn good habits. Parents should try to influence their child to read books.
Nowadays children only use smartphones which is not beneficial for them. Parents should take efforts to help their child start reading books. This will help them to gain knowledge, improve English, and learn new things.

A growing child needs to be exposed and made aware of many things in life, the most important phase would be up to eight years as far as early learning is considered. If we can get children to start liking for reading books, it would be great as it would double up as a hobby, introduce various bits of information and also help in their regular education.

If you see in western countries, the libraries are well stored with picture and sound books for infants, because of which words and language are gradually introduced in such a manner that a child around 8-10 years can read a short novel.

Most people worry about what to allow kids to read, as long as kids are interested, the theme can be fiction, fairy tales, encyclopedias, life skills, etc.

BENEFITS OF EARLY READING:

Encouraging them to read, at an early age, helps them to become quick readers and improve their ability to grasp and understand concepts. Children, who are avid readers, quickly learn to just scan the content rather than read every word. As we prepare our children to become adults, getting them to take up reading as a hobby would help them to be better equipped to handle the life of an adult. Technology has changed and it has reduced the impact and appeal of physical books. 

BOOKS AS BEST FRIENDS:

Books are good friends of people. The hobby of reading a book is good and helps one to relax and gain knowledge.  One can read a book almost everywhere and any time. Reading does not cost a lot of money as one can purchase reasonably priced books online. They can also be purchased second hand from any bookstores. Reading improves vocabulary and knowledge and helps to increase concentration power. So reading has lots of benefits and one should inculcate a habit of reading good books.

HOW READING HELPS THE CHILDREN:

We need to encourage children to read. It can be in any form, newspaper, comics, scriptures or novels. It helps to gain knowledge, learn new things and even improve vocabulary. There are many words that are used in different ways by different writers. When we keep on reading, the art of using appropriate words can be learned. If we are able to provide the base and a habit of reading, our children will learn more. This is also a way of keeping them away from the TV and video games.

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Nowadays there are many eBooks available online which can be used to impart reading habit. It does not need much space and is easily available on the net.

Reading books or anything that seems interesting is an excellent habit. It is a hobby that can be enjoyed by people belonging to any age group. Everyone derives numerous benefits from it; especially it is an excellent habit for children.



Reading enhances memory which is particularly beneficial to kids as they require good memory power for their studies. It boosts concentration which again helps kids to focus on their studies. Reading is food to the brain. It stimulates the brain keeping it active and alert all the time.

Most of the day to day work requires thinking but analytical skills are not put in for much use. Reading improves analytical skills. It sharpens the logical ability of the brain.

Reading not only improves vocabulary but also writing skills. It is because reading and writing go hand in hand. When kids are exposed to reading the works of various authors, they will develop enormous knowledge and when they put their thoughts into words, they develop their own writing style.

Reading is not a tiring hobby, but a fun hobby. In fact, reading relaxes the mind and can take away the stress and tiredness away. Also, there is something available for everyone. Every kid can choose books which fulfils his/her appetite. Kids can get entertained as well as learn from them. The teachers should allow the children to choose a book to read as it will impact their ability to choose and decide.

Reading is a very intrinsic activity which affects the individual according to the type of reading material one chooses. We have to nurture our children with good reading habits and choice of elevated reading. Reading tends to change individual personality according to the content one chooses to read. It is said that whenever Gandhiji had any confusion, he used to read some pages of the Bhagavadgita to clear his mind. So much is the power of reading.

It is true that reading books is a good hobby and should be developed in children at a very young age. When a child starts reading a book, he/she may not find interest in it in the initial stage but after some time the interest develops itself. It is also true that books are our best friend and they actually help and guide us in many ways.

Reading is a good hobby that will not only improve your imagination but also allows you to escape your daily routine. When you read a good book you can really get lost in the story. A book gives you the chance to escape your daily reality and experience a whole new different world!

One of the reasons why reading is the best hobby is because it expands your horizons. It gives you something new and different to enjoy. … You can learn practically anything from reading a good book on the subject. Even if you choose to read fiction, you may learn something that is helpful in your life.

 

 It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. —S.I. Hayakawa

 

When you read, you exercise your comprehension abilities and your analytical abilities. It fires up your imagination and stimulates the memory centers of your mind. It helps recall information as well as stabilize your emotions. The importance of a reading habit is that it strengthens mental muscles.

Reading is one of the world’s most popular pursuits and past times, and with good reason. There’re many benefits of reading. It is also an extremely productive hobby as it can be done easily during your leisure time, in which you are doing nothing.

 

 

 


It increases intelligence.

Exposure to vocabulary through reading not only leads to higher score on reading tests, but also higher scores on general tests of intelligence for children. Stronger early reading skills, means a higher intelligence later in life.

It is a great motivation for a person to do better in life. The more a person reads, the more his understanding and comprehending skills improve. If he is a good reader, it becomes easier for him to complete any given work. The habit of reading is parallel with the gaining of knowledge.

 

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. —Vera Nazarian 

 

We can be open to new ideas and have an understanding of new things. Reading helps us practice imagination by letting the words describe a certain image while the reader manipulates the picture in the mind. This helps strengthen the mind as it acts like a muscle.

When we read, not only do we improve our memory and empathy, but it also makes us feel better and more positive. Science shows that reading has some amazing health benefits, like helping with depression, cutting stress, and reducing the chances of developing Alzheimer’s later in life.

 

Reading is the key to great communication and writing skills. It has been proven that children who read better, perform better in school and have a more active imagination, leading to a larger world and more possibilities for becoming successful.

Reading even relaxes your body by lowering your heart rate and easing the tension in your muscles. A 2009 study at the University of Sussex found that reading can reduce stress by up to 68%. It works better and faster than other relaxation methods, such as listening to music or drinking a hot cup of tea.

 

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. —Richard Steele

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Reading gives people the ability to understand and interpret information. It helps preserve, share, and teach ideas so people can understand the world around them in a better manner.

Early reading ignites creativity, sparks curiosity, and stimulates the imagination in young children. This often leads to role-play as children grow, which helps to develop other skills such as empathy, problem-solving, and morality.

Reading has been shown to put our brains into a state similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better; have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.

 

Reading to young children is proven to improve cognitive skills and help along the process of cognitive development. … When you begin reading aloud to your child, it essentially provides them with background knowledge on their young world, which helps them make sense of what they see, hear, and read.

 

So far, reading looks pretty good compared to television. Reading calms the nerves, increases language and reasoning, and can even keep you mentally alert as you age. TV, on the other hand, has the opposite effect. … While, reading books together increases the amount and level of communication.

Your brain gets stimulated through reading which helps you in learning new things more easily. Exercising your brain by spending time reading might even help fight off mental decline and dementia as you age. Neuroscientists have discovered that reading can improve overall brain function in a variety of specific ways.

Books play a quintessential role in every student’s life by introducing them to a world of imagination, providing knowledge of the outside world, improving their reading, writing and speaking skills as well as boosting memory and intelligence.

 

READING CAN IMPROVE OUR MEMORY. When you read, you’re engaging more than a few brain functions, such as phonemic awareness, visual and auditory processes, comprehension, fluency, and more. Reading jolts your brain into action, maintains concentration, and allows your mind to process the events happening before you.

 

Reading is a great exercise that helps people process information verbally and visually. … Reading is clearly the best way to increase mental stimulation. The best part about mental stimulation is that it will develop new neurons, no matter how old the individual is the brain can still create and develop new neurons.

 

Silent reading is a reading skill which allows one to read without voicing the words. This may involve sub-vocalization or silent speech, which is defined as the internal speech made when reading a word, thus allowing the reader to imagine the sound of the word as it is read.

 

Television, Internet, and TV Shows can look appealing but nothing can replace a Good Book, Reading is a Dream that you hold in your hands, Books are the best and the most loyal friend you can have, It gives you wisdom, solution, new perspective, imagination, improves your confidence, improves your mental health.

 

Books are our best friends because they inspire us to do great things in life and overcome our failures. We learn a lot from good books just like a good friend. Books can be good or bad, but it is our responsibility to choose them wisely.

 

Reading aloud helps students learn how to use language to make sense of the world; it improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. Reading aloud targets the skills of audio learners. Research has shown that teachers who read aloud motivate students to read.

 

Some people are concerned that they should not read too much because it will wear out their eyes. Although extensive or prolonged reading of fine print can cause eye strain, there is no evidence to suggest that it will damage or wear out your eyes.

 

To conclude- Reading not only has tremendous power when it comes to fueling the development of all aspects of language ability, its importance to the entirety of a human life in this day and age really can’t be overstated.

 

 

Borde, Gloria

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