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With the growing trend of technology, children are losing interest in traditional pursuits younger than ever. A decade ago children were consumed with the outdoors and playing make-believe. Above all of these, there was one popular pass-time that was both fun and educational – reading. Allotting the time to read for fun is imperative; reading, even fiction, assists in exercising your brain, as well as teaching you new vocabulary and thought processes. People of all ages should pursue this hobby, as it enhances the mind and engages the imagination.

Reading is essential for children, as it is one of the major ways to expand your knowledge. There are endless ways to derive entertainment from technology, few of them are beneficial to a developing brain. Overexposure to screens can cause grey matter atrophy and impair cognitive functions.

Technology does not teach people to think critically. A well-written novel encourages the reader to think in alternative ways and discover what he or she believes. Unfortunately, there are also poorly-written books, which is why you need to discern which ones have substance. Using resources such as word-of-mouth, formal reviews, and personal discretion, you can determine which novels are worth your time.

In your research, you will eventually notice patterns of authors and publishers, but I will leave you with some child-friendly suggestions to use as a starting point: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; The Great Brain by John D. Fitzgerald; Matilda by Roald Dahl; The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner; and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. While there are a myriad of intelligent novels aside from these, the included recommendations are some of the books that incited my love of reading in my childhood.

Anna Trainor,

UPEI Student,


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