Many areas attribute to children’s
positive growth in school, vocabulary and other aspects of life. Independent
reading or reading for pleasure is an aspect that helps the positivity and development.
Richardson and Eccles (2007) argue that independent reading can assist in schooling
a child’s individuality, affirm some misconceptions around gender roles and assist
in identifying a person’s cultural or ethnical identity amongst other matters.
In their research, they used qualitative interviews alongside “six waves of
longitudinal survey data” (Richardson, Eccles, 2007; p1) to reach their
findings. The survey date used is a long collective data that have been acquired
through many years, from the subjects’ infancy. The results showed that
voluntary reading helped greatly in the interviewees educational aspirations
which resulted in them doing better academically. Reading was also seen to
serve as a distressing tool when educational responsibilities and the pressure
to do good in school was causing stress. Given the fact that the researchers
reviewed the interviewees’ lives since adolescence, they claim that reading is
beneficial from a young age in order to obtain better results in the future.