Written by Ms. Akehurst’s 5th grade class
Why do we read?
To dig more deeply about what The Children’s Book Bank does and why their work is important, several students of different ages answered the questions, “Why do we read?” “Why are books and stories important?” “What do books and stories do for you?”
Here are their answers:
Jack B. (Kindergarten)
Why do you love books? I love books because it means that you can read and learn. How do you learn to read? You just have to practice and sound out the words, and then you can start to learn. Who reads stories to you? My mommy and daddy. What type of story do you like best? Picture books. What happens in your heart when you hear a good story? I like it and it makes me want to learn to read.
MacLean (2nd Grade)
Sometimes when I read books, I get really into them and they change my life. I want to be the characters, and I might pretend to be them at recess. I draw pictures of the characters and the scenes. I put the book to life. Once I was reading a book, and something bad happened to the main character, and I didn’t want to read it anymore, but when I picked up the book again, the character gets back up, and he was inspired to save the day, and I feel like maybe I could do that, too! It gives me ideas of how to save the day. Without books, I wouldn’t learn you could be a hero. I wouldn’t learn a lot of stuff. Reading a book is really glorious.
Porter (5th Grade)
Why is reading important? To get sucked into a story. To see how other people think. To learn about a type of thing. To learn about your favorite thing. How does it feel to share books? It feels great. I got to see a kid’s face light up when I was reading to them. You could tell it was a gift to them. When you receive a book you want to open it up and read it right away. It is exciting, because you have a new story to go through and share with others. I think all kids should have books. My parents read to me every night, my brother gets read to a lot, and he stays up trying to read books on his own. It is so important for people to have books. It opens up a whole new world. All around you there is something to read! In life, when you come up to a problem, sometimes a book can show you ways to solve that problem, or what worked. It can help you see how to take actions that make the world and other’s lives better.
Ava (5th Grade)
To me reading is important because I do it every time I have free time. Reading can throw you into a completely different world. Once you’re there, you can be anything you want to be. You can put your feet in a character’s shoes and walk around in them a little bit. Once you understand one character’s emotions, you can understand other character’s emotions better, and you might understand your own emotions better. You can take a character and take yourself and see things you have in common. Also, you can learn new and interesting facts while reading books. You can develop passions for things that you never would have given a second thought to previously. That’s how you learn. Stories can make you emotional, they open up your heart to feel different ways. If there was a world with no books, we miss out on opportunities, on information, on inspiration. If you are read to from an early age or experience books from an early age, it changes your heart and it becomes a part of who you are.