I found this link via Beattie’s Book Blog (yet again!) about the Knowledge Without Borders project in the UAE emirate of Sharjah. The project aims to get the population back into reading. Very cool! They have given ten reasons why you should read – here are the first three, then go to the site and read the rest. No big surprises at all, but reminding me of even more reasons to use on my students!

1: Reading is an active mental process. Unlike sitting in front of the TV, reading makes you use your brain. While reading, you will be forced to reason out many things which are unfamiliar to you. Through this process, the brain is exercised.

2: Improve your vocabulary. Remember in primary school when you learned how to infer the meaning of one word by reading the context of the other words in the sentence? You get the same benefit from reading. While reading books—especially challenging ones—you will find yourself exposed to many new words that you wouldn’t be otherwise in daily life.

3: Get a glimpse into other cultures and countries. How would you know about the lives of people in remote parts of Mexico if you don’t read about them? Reading gives you a unique insight into the diversity of different people, cultures, religions and societies around the globe—without actually having to step foot outside of your house.

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