The influence of reading on the emotional and social development of children: How to take part through reading experiences

Austėja Landsbergienė, Doctor of Social Science, educologist

It has been scientifically proven that reading can make a tremendous influence on our lives. Children who read have a wider vocabulary and higher educational achievements. It is also known that reading encourages empathy, promotes emotional well-being, which is important to children and older people alike. The Reading Agency, based in the United Kingdom, has conducted a research overview which revealed that reading promotes self-regulation, develops and strengthens relationships with other people as well. The speech reviews the aforementioned positive aspects of reading and emphasizes that reading experiences are of vital importance to a child’s socio-economic development.