Books – Introduction
Books are our friends. They are our companions. Reading books is a good habit. It is really an enjoyable time. Books are available in various subjects, languages, etc. Apart from study books, people choose books to read based on their interests. Some like to read subject books and some like to read storybooks.
“A room without books is like a body without a soul” – Cicero
Some people have this habit of reading books as their favorite hobby. Books are our closest friends. We will not feel bored while reading storybooks. So it is a good leisure time activity also. Children can read storybooks during the summer holidays as they do not have time during school times. This helps them to spend the summer holidays in a useful and educative one. We get lots of books to read from the library. Reading habit does not come by compulsion, we have to inculcate the habit by reading favorite subject books, storybooks, picture books, some colorful books, and so on.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you can learn, the more places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss
Varieties of books
There are varieties of books in various subjects like Tamil, English, Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Social science, Moral Science, Psychology, etc. Each subject has its own depth. Some books are study books and some are storybooks.
“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks” – Dr. Seuss
Books and libraries
Apart from school books, all subject books, storybooks are available in libraries. A library is a place where we get all types of books for reading by being a member of it. If we do not have time during our school days, we can go to the library during our holidays or weekends and make the maximum use of it. We should develop this reading habit at a very young age. This helps us to develop our imagination skills.
Tips for Fresh readers
It is better to inculcate the habit of reading at a very young age. In the beginning, parents can help the children to read books. As days grow by, children learn to read the books by themselves. This habit of reading books does not come by force. They have to develop their own interest in reading books. We can follow some strategies to develop an interest in reading. Attractive pictures that are pleasing to the eyes, stories draw the attention of children to read the book. Repeated reading of books makes them confident readers.
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.” – Mark Twain
Sometimes storybooks take us to a world of fairies, witches, kings, and queens. Some books have beautiful pictures which are pleasing to the eyes and making reading interesting. We can also start reading with the help of picture books. While reading the book, we can point out the pictures like a boy, house, sun, roads, etc., and talk to them regarding the picture. Pictures help them to explore the book. Repeating the storybooks can help them become fluent readers. Parents can share their experiences when they read the book, talk to the children about the book, and have a fun time together.
Advantages of reading books
When we read a book, we get involved in it and travel through the book. This makes us occupied and we will not feel bored. Reading books develops the imagination of the child. It also helps us to improve our knowledge of language and knowledge of subjects. We get lots of benefits from reading books. Reading books helps us to improve our language and also provides deep knowledge.
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Joseph Addison
Conclusion – Reading books as a hobby
Some people have this reading habit as a hobby. They make use of leisure time to read books. This helps them to make leisure time useful and educative. Books are the best gift one can give to someone on special occasions. Thinking about the benefits of reading books, everyone should start developing this habit of reading books as a hobby.
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…. The man who never reads lives only one” – George R. R. Martin