Why is it Important to Read?

Why is it Important to Read?

In the past few years, less than 20 percent of American teens report reading a book, magazine or newspaper daily for pleasure, states research published by the American Psychological Association.

This can be harmful to their well-being and mental health, seeing as regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.

To be more informed about this subject, we asked Ms. Zorn, a 7th and 8th-grade L&L teacher at HMS, for her opinion.

Q: Why do you think it’s for middle schoolers to read?

A: “It is important for middle schoolers to read because it helps them grow academically in all areas of their life. They learn key words to be able to read documents and communicate with others through word outside of the classroom. They also learn about different perspectives and explore different worlds which helps make them more rounded individuals in their everyday life.”

Q: What book would you recommend to a student who doesn’t enjoy reading?

A: “I would recommend The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. It is a great book for boys and girls and it also has some picture diagrams scattered throughout. I think the main character is extremely relatable to many different kids and every student I gave this book to or read to has loved this book.”

Q: What books have helped you enjoy reading?

A: “I think any book that has a series really helped me get into reading. The main two were Hannah and the Angels series by Linda Lowery, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares, and Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Those three series I read every single book (probably more than once) and I think that really helped me develop a reading routine.”