Ten reasons to read on World Book Day

EY is proud to be an official corporate partner for World Book Day.


Supporting World Book Day helps us to promote the positive impact of reading on the wellbeing of our people and the difference it can make to a child's life. EY will be one of the first employers outside of publishing and bookselling firms to partner and to support this.  The theme this year is Share a Story (#ShareAStory) for 10 minutes.

 Did you know?

  1. Reading helps boost pleasure in your daily life, delays dementia and even helps you live longer.
  2. People who read books for as little as 30 mins a day live 2 years longer than people who didn’t read at all.
  3. Children that read with their parents several times a week show stronger literacy skills , score higher on intelligence tests and land better jobs than non-readers.
  4. Reading increases empathy and emotional intelligence which can lead to more positive human interaction which can lower stress levels.
  5. Reading actual books builds spatial intelligence – perceiving how distances and directions interact, particularly with regard to your place in space. Useful for map reading, building, planning and even sports.
  6. Reading can help to tackle ‘technostress’ from our lives lived through a screen – enforcing a period of calm recovery from overload, good for the mind and likely mood.
  7. ‘Deep reading’ (unlike skimming a page for example) forces your brain to think critically and make connections from one chapter to another, and to the outside world.
  8. Reading is great ‘brain food’ literally forging new pathways between regions in all four lobes and both hemispheres. Over time this can promote quicker thinking and may provide a greater defence against the worst effects of cognitive decay.
  9. Reading fills your mind and exposes you to new words, phrases, and facts – a large vocabulary may lead to a more resilient mind, improving its ability to adapt to damage.
  10.  Reading sparks your imagination – no two people will imagine the story being told in the same way


Ways in which you can read more:

  • Create a book exchange in your office – books were made to be read, not sit on a shelf.
  • Start a book club – it can help to vary your reading choices and creates conversations.
  • Read at lunch time – it’s a great way to escape from a stressful day and take a break. You’ll return to your desk refreshed and ready for the afternoon’s work.