"So much of the school day is spent having to read this, for this subject or doing things, so when it's a time you get to choose more, that really impacts their participation and their love of reading," Noel Dollard , a 4th grade teacher at Apple Glen Elementary School said.
Apple Glen students, teachers and staff cuddled up Thursday for National Young Readers week through the Book It program. Book It is an incentive-based reading program where students earn a pizza for putting their nose in novels.
"Finding that love of reading is really important especially at a young age. Then grabbing that [excitement] now and being able to make it even more special to them and making them want to be life long readers and read for fun and not just for school," Dollard said.
Mason Simpson, 4th grade, wants to be a roller coaster engineer and loves reading.
"It's really fun, and it just sparks your imagination really well," he said.
In fact, Dollard said reading even helps improve children's test scores.
"It's 20 minutes, reading anything, reading to each other, just spending that time reading is so important.," she said.
Which is time the students are happy to have Thursday.
Reading isn't just for the young, but the young at heart.
According to this Huffington Post article, reading helps calm down adults more than a walk and also keeps minds sharper compared to watching television.