The Benefits of Reading

The Benefits of Reading

“If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books.” – Roald Dahl 


To honour the great himself, and to celebrate Roald Dahl Day on September 13th we are discussing the benefits of reading for our first blog of this month. Let’s get reading.

  1. Reduces Stress

Don’t knock it, till you’ve tried it. Now, we’re not saying that reading is the cure for all stress but, it will help you escape from the worries of the everyday world for a short period of time (or for however long you wish to read). Make reading your greatest escape and disappear into the likes of a chocolate factory or the inside of a peach for a couple of hours a day to relax.

  1. Improves Your Memory

Remember playing pairs and the frustration of not getting any matches because of your poor memory skills…if only you knew back then that reading can improve your memory, you may have won a few more games. Reading is the best mental exercise. To enjoy any book, you need to remember characters, settings and especially any plot twists. As your brain works, your memory improves, and the best part is you won’t even realise it’s happening because you are so engrossed in your new favourite book.

  1. Enhances Your Knowledge

Remember these sums: reading = knowledge and knowledge = power. You can enhance your knowledge with all reading formats. Blogs, magazines, newspapers, and BOOKS! You can gain all sorts of information from reading, and even the books that don’t seem important to you may be useful one day in the future.

  1. Strengthens Your Writing

Ever read a book and understood every word in it? Impossible. Especially with Roald Dahl’s BFG… When we read we are exposed to an outbreak of words and terms, some we know, others we require the assistance of the English dictionary for. You can strengthen your writing through reading, finding hundreds of new words to describe your thoughts and feelings.

  1. Heightens Your Imagination

Have you ever seen your own or a friend’s child spend endless hours playing with their Lego or Barbie Dolls? Their imagination runs wild. Your imagination never disappears, it is a part of you, it grows with you. And one way to heighten your imagination is through reading. You can immerse yourself in a new world, whether it be fictional or real, you can transport yourself there and escape, just through reading. Keep reading and you’ll never lose the spark of your imagination.

Roald Dahl Day: Forward Teaching’s Favourite Book 

To celebrate Roald Dahl Day our team at Forward Teaching wanted to share their favourite Roald Dahl books with you. We have all grown up reading his books, and it’s amazing to see how we are all able to connect over his stories despite being different ages.

Lottie – The Twits

Joby – Fantastic Mr. Fox

Victoria – Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

Charley – George’s Marvellous Medicine