March is reading month! As children, we were encouraged by our teachers to read, creating contests and activities to make it fun. As adults, we sometimes find it difficult to pick up that book that has been sitting on our bookshelf or pull up that eBook downloaded to our tablet. In honor of reading month, let’s take a lesson from our childhood and pick up that book and start reading again!
For many, reading is a way to relax after a long day or to escape reality and visit a fantasy world. For others, it provides answers to questions and the opportunity to learn something new. No matter your reason for picking up that book or tablet, reading is everywhere.
Here are six fun facts to help fuel your fire to read this month:
6 – minutes spent reading a day to reduce stress by 68%. 
2.5 – the number of times you are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s by reading.
56 – percent of young people who claim they read more than 10 books a year. 
1,000,000 – amount of words read annually by a person who reads 15 minutes a day. 
4 – age of Dorothy Straight when she wrote How the World Began in 1962. She is the youngest person to write a published book. 
15 – number of minutes it took Howard Berg, world’s fastest reader, to read War and Peace. That’s about 25,000 words, or about 90 pages, a minute. 
Click on the infographic below to view as a PDF.
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