Benefits of Reading, Fiction and Empathy


This is a wonderful post on the positive power of reading fiction and creating empathy in children by a talented teacher. I wanted to share it with my other readers.

A Teacher's Reflections


There is a reason I begin every school year by reading aloudĀ Charlotteā€™s Web. Ā Besides being a terrific story that children love year after year, the underlying message goes far deeper than the friendship between Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig. Ā Charlotte risks her life for Wilbur; she acts upon her friendship. Ā That is important, especially for young children.

I read this book aloud in September and October, when children are navigating friendships. Ā Frankly, these are the months they are figuring out pretty much everything. Children want to know their place: where they fit into the class and how they will make friends. Ā Their world is family and school; therefore, I have an enormous job on my shoulders in those first few months of helping children find their way. Ā It all starts with kindness and friendship, and Charlotteā€™s Web leads the way.

As I read the book andā€¦

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8 thoughts on “Benefits of Reading, Fiction and Empathy

  1. This is wonderful and Jennie is one of those teachers that children never forget because they learn empathy as well as learning to love reading and sometimes they learn to see the world as being more than a big blue ball.

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  2. Thank you for reblogging my post. Your post on the Benefits of Reading was incredibly important and well written. It inspired me to write more on this exact subject. I find it so interesting that the message is universal, be it adults or young children. That in itself is proof in the pudding: Read, especially fiction. -Jennie-


  3. I find that as a writer, what I am attempting to recreate is that magic I felt being read to as a child…It amazes me how elusive it is, and how the most vivid memory of what I want to achieve lives right there in those recollections of sitting next to my mother at age five, or in a classroom at age nine, listening to the magic — not of the reader — but the words, the story, the resuscitation of character time after time.

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    • That magic of reading that we experienced as a child is so important to maintain as adults. It is so easy to get caught up in the mundane qualities of day to day life that we lose that magic. And I agree with you–that is what we are trying to do as a writer, to recreate that magic.

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