Personally speaking, I think that all children should learn to read when they are young. The benefits of reading and being literate are probably pretty obvious, but I’ll list my top two reasons. First, knowing how to read and recognizing words is a tremendously important first step in accessing different types of knowledge. Things like encyclopedias, scientific reports, and even the daily news will become available to people who learn how to read. Second, I think it is of the utmost importance for children to learn to love books. If parents and teachers can instill in children a passion for reading, the child will have a very enriching environment in which to grow up. Reading will expose children to new ideas and words, increasing their understanding of the world around them. These are the reasons why I think it is important for children to learn to read.