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Does reading really make us cleverer?

Does reading really make us cleverer? If so, how?
David Jackson from Tyne and Wear (Age: 5-14)

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  1. Yes, it does.

    Think of the brain like a muscle. When you exercise a muscle, it gets stronger. Reading is a very good way of exercising your brain.

    Also, pretty much every fact known to mankind as a whole will be written in a book. Therefore, if you wanted to find out any fact you could probably find it in a book.
    Story books also contain a lot of facts, and although you read them for pleasure and not to learn these facts, it’s easy to learn them without even trying!

    Also when you read, you learn new words and how to use them. A lot of people consider knowing and using lots of different words to be a sign of intelligence. There isn’t much use in having a really clever idea if you don’t know the right words to explain it to somebody else.

    I don’t think you should read to increase your intelligence though. You should read because it’s something you enjoy doing, and getting cleverer is just a nice bonus. Like getting stronger and fitter is a nice bonus to the enjoyment that many people get from playing sports.

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