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Friday, April 16, 2021

World Book Day 2021: The importance of reading for children


Did you know that this year, World Book Day falls on the 23rd of April? To kick off the celebrations, we wanted to share with you just a few reasons why we need to continue encouraging our kids to read!

First off, for younger children just beginning to learn a new language, reading helps them improve their listening, speaking, and writing skills too. All four of these skills are intricately wound together and if one of them is found to be lacking, the whole foundation would crumble. Not to mention, these four skills will continue to follow them throughout their entire life whether it be at school, work or even their daily life.

Reading also helps children develop their own sense of self and understanding of the world. Through reading how characters in stories act to achieve their goals, children will be able to feel a kinship to these characters and mould their own attitudes and behaviours to what they feel comfortable with.

Here at the British Council we try to encourage our students to read as much as possible both inside and outside of the classroom. Just last year, before we went into our first Covid-19 related lockdown, we managed to kick off our annual reading challenge for our students. Each student was encouraged to read at least six books, which they can select themselves from our Reading Corner and upon completing the challenge, not only did they receive a special certificate but also the experience of going on six different adventures!

While we haven’t been able to continue our reading challenge this year due to safety precautions, we have been able to continue enriching our students experience in other ways through poetry, storytelling and presentation competitions which are all still closely related to the reading skill.

If you’re interested to find out whether your child would enjoy studying with us and participating in our activities, why not try out one of our classes for free! Just register your interest here and our team of consultants will be more than happy to make the arrangements for you.

This is a guest post from British Council Malaysia.

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