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I am Dr. Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle, an Emeritus Professor from Sac State and an author of textbooks and children’s books (PB & MG). I started out with humble beginnings, being raised in poverty by a single parent mom in a rural village in Illinois. I was educated at the University of Redlands with a Double BA in Psychology and Music, where I graduated Cum Laude. Then I continued my education at Stanford University GSE, where I obtained a PhD in Child and Adolescent Development. After 30 years in the field, 28 years as a Professor, I am retired and focused on helping others with my writing. This monthly blog is one way that I am helping. I hope it is informative and helpful to those who read it.

The Importance of Reading for Pleasure

Posted December 12th, 2020

We are approaching the most wonderful time of the year, a holiday season! This is a time to gift books to our loved ones. As mentioned in this blog, books are so useful for helping children learn and develop. However, books also bring joy, happiness, and pleasure to children! It is important to give children books they enjoy reading and books with which they can identify. It is important to get children books they will read for fun and pleasure!!! Books should be for learning, developing and having fun!

Wilhelm, Smith, and Fransen (2013) write that reading for fun generates 5 different types of pleasure that lead to good outcomes for children and adults. The 5 types of pleasure are as follows;

  • Immersive Pleasure,
  • Intellectual Pleasure,
  • Social Pleasure,
  • Work Pleasure, and
  • Inner Work Pleasure.

All five of these pleasures lead to good outcomes. Immersive pleasure is the most important and it comes when you can relate to characters, get lost in the book and lose track of time, visualize meanings, and participate in making meaning. Another important one is social pleasure. This includes relating characters to exploring and labeling one’s own identity. This helps with seeing the world from another perspective or viewpoint, and appreciating others, and having reciprocal relationships with others.

The other three pleasures (Intellectual, Work, and Inner Work) all have benefits, too. Intellectual pleasure helps us to discover meaning, learn deeply, and persist in the face of obstacles. Work pleasure helps us to function in life and learn new strategies and insights. Inner work pleasure helps us to consider who we are and who we want to be. We can also engage in and rehearse social situations.

So, you can see that reading for pleasure is important and quite beneficial. So, buy children’s books they want to read and get pleasure from reading! Buy children’s books they love!! This will help them to develop and learn better. It will benefit them more than you know. Have a wonderful holiday and see you in the new year!!!

*** The information for this blog post comes from the book Reading Unbound by Wilhelm, Smith, and Fransen that was published in 2013.

Comment by rpapa on 12/22/2020
Especially at this time of year and in these most difficult times, I find this article of such amazing relevance to all ages. The five pleasures speak to the very small to the very aged. Thank you for sharing your love of reading and encouraging all teachers and parents of the importance of reading for pleasure.
Comment by rborunda on 12/14/2020
Immersive... relating to the characters. This is so needed! And, to the extent that authors can create and amplify the values we want to see in our children... we may have a more peaceful and caring world!
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