In Grade one, I did not read chapter books. The only books that I read, were comic books. My parents noticed this, and knew that comics were bad for brain development. Then they encouraged me to read chapter books, awarding me 20$ for each two chapters that I read. I soon started to like reading chapter books, and the award that my parents gave me for reading chapter books grew lower and lower, until I did not want any more awards. Reading soon was my hobby, so whenever I have free time, I just grab a book or kindle and start reading. This is how I started to read chapter books.
Reading also helped me in many ways. One of the things that reading helped me was my imagination. When reading books with a lot of words, it generates a scene in my mind. On the other hand, pictures in comics do all the work for you! It ruins your imagination with the pictures, and gives you barley enough words to generates a scene in your mind. Which leads to remembering. In the book, The Overnight Student by Dr. Michael L. Jones, it said that by hearing you will remember 14% retention, and by imagining you will remember 70% retention, and by teaching, 91% retention. By imagining or making scenes in your mind, we would remember 70% !
That is how reading helped my remembering abilities. Reading also helped my vocabulary. In the chapter books that I read, there is at least one word that I do not know. Then I grab a dictionary and search it up. At the rate that I was reading, I at least learned three new words everyday. Reading can help your knowledge a lot.
I would recommend reading to people over three years of age. Starting off with a easy short-paged book would be good. Increasing your reading levels everyday, by getting longer and harder books. Then challenge yourself with books that have no pictures! The Robinson is a good book resource. Having many types of books [adventure, classic, etc], and most of them having to do with God. The younger you start, the better it will be!
Reading helps my life a lot. My parents trained me to like reading chapter books. Right now, I read books from the Robinson curriculum. Reading also helped me in many ways. It has helped my imagination, remembrance, and my vocabulary. Reading is a good hobby to have.