reasons why reading is important

7 Reasons Why Reading Is Important

There are so many reasons why reading is important that it is going to be difficult to limit them to just 7.  But let’s have a go. Find out why kids reading to cats at their shelter is probably the coolest thing yet!  You cannot fail to be touched by these pictures.

Now that we know reading is good for cats, let’s see why it is even better for our kids!

1. Stop them dropping out

Kids who do not develop the reading habit early on are more than likely to drop out of school. Why take that risk?  According to the National Adult Literacy Survey of the US Department of Education, that could be as many as 3 or 4 times more likely when these kids have not developed any reading skills at all.

“Children who have not developed some basic literacy skills by the time they enter school are 3 – 4 times more likely to drop out in later years.”

 2. About 25% of kids do not know how to read

Yet another one of the many reasons why reading is important is the fact that non- readers are much more likely to get involved n crime and overall have less chance of making it in life. Guess how many?  Yes, a staggering 25% of kids ( 1 in 4) are in that high risk category.

3. Are you prepared to help?

Children cannot start to learn reading by themselves so you have to step in to help them take those first few important steps.  Whether you are a parent, sibling, teacher or babysitter, it is vital that you step up to the plate. Just another one of the many reasons why reading is important because it can help forge empathic links with the child and play a role in his or her development.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

Help your kids discover the world. Watch the video here about why our hero, Ziger the Tiger can steal kids’ attention.

4. Reading helps kids succeed at school.

Another staggering statistic (this time from the Central Texas Guide for School Readiness and the E3 Alliance) found that only about 48% of the children entering kindergarten had the necessary literacy skills to get to grips with reading, spelling and remembering story themes.

5. Reading aloud opens a whole new world for kids.

When you read aloud to your child, you not only establish a bond but many more things are happening and they are all good. Loads of research on this. Their development of vocabulary and understanding comprehension are all vital parts of neural development at an early age. When children can talk about pictures or tell the story back to you these are important milestones in their development.  See Karweit and Wasik for their paper on this. Think of reading as a BRIDGEwhich help them to connect their own world with that of fantasy and curiosity they find in reading about the big wide world.

6. Make sure there are plenty of books nearby

Having a story on a child’s tablet is fine but in many ways, print books are coming back into fashion. One survey found that 76% of parents say their kids prefer to have print books around them or in their hands than ebooks.  The pleasurable tactile experience of turning pages (far more enticing than swiping a dirty tablet screen!) together with pleasure of actually owning a book  and later in choosing a book from a library come high on kids’ and parents’ preferences. Try to make sure that books are easily available in the nursery or play area.

7. Make sure reading is a daily routine.

 Set aside a reading slot when reading aloud by you with your child takes place on a daily basis, if possible. Let your child see you read print  books, magazines and newspapers. Also, you can encourage your care provider and the nursery or kindergarten teacher to read aloud to the kids.

 Help your kids to get started with reading





Ziger The Tiger Is Getting Fat

Ziger the Tiger is back!!  The 3rd story now available in digital and paperback.


Ziger The Tiger Is Getting Fat.


There were a lot of factors which went into deciding the theme of this story. Childhood obesity is all around us and there is far too much junk food easily available and advertising it is still allowed. In addition, we have kids staying at home all the time and not getting enough physical exercise. But we also need to instil in kids the idea that body image is not the whole story! We need to encourage kids to look at their values, hopes, aspirations and to cultivate a positive outlook on life. We have brought this out in the story.

Here are some scary facts about overweight in children-

Overweight children are now making up 33% of the child population. This is a quote from the American Heart Association

Overweight in Children. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. The prevalence of obesity in children more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. With good reason, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking. Jul 5, 2016

In the UK, the government has shirked its responsibility by not imposing any restrictions at all on junk food ads – the companies are supposed to do it voluntarily! What company would do that?!

Jamie Oliver, the famous UK chef is leading the Food Revolution which is aimed at reducing obesity in children. The figures for the UK are similar to those in the USA.

Obesity is a complex problem, but what’s really terrifying is that it’s a precursor to a whole host of diet-related diseases. For me, it’s junk food marketing, inadequate food education and unregulated sugar in everyday products that are putting the health of future generations at risk. And we can’t ignore the financial impact either – obesity globally costs us an estimated £1.5 trillion a year in health care and lost productivity.

Doctors and healthcare campaigners in the UK  are appalled at the government’s weak response to what is becoming a really urgent problem. In addition, all this unhealthy eating is putting enormous pressure on the NHS, already on the verge of collapse. Theresa May has told the NHS that they will have to make ‘efficiencies’ In the services to the tune of £22 billion! Yet, they cannot act incisively to help kids become healthier.

Medical experts and campaigners have criticized the government’s childhood obesity strategy as weak and embarrassing, and accused policymakers of throwing away the best chance to tackle the culture of unhealthy eating that is crippling the NHS.

Enter Ziger the Tiger.  I wanted to create a story which kids could identify with and show them that fast food could lead to obsession with body image, fat shaming and all the other health issues related to a poor diet.

Ziger learns all about the eating the rainbow and they soon start to experiment. But there are, as usual, certain unsavory characters in the jungle who are determined that Ziger gets fatter and fatter.

We meet a new nasty character called Sniper Viper who is determined to do just that. Kids will find out how Ziger manages to get off fast food and return to being a normal , active and healthy tiger. We have not forgotten video games either.

In the end Ziger learns that body appearance is just one aspect of growing up and not the most important one either!