I would like to share this blog post from Adventures of Library Girl. She says it very well:
"Time and time again, studies have shown that students who are readers out perform their non-reading counterparts in multiple subject areas. But recent studies also suggest that students who read for pleasure also develop stronger senses of empathy and personal wellbeing. In short, readers win at school and they also win at life."
Check it out here:
The Adventures of Library Girl: Learning To Read Alone Is Not Enough.