Reading to me is more than decoding letters on a page to make meaning. To me, reading is exploration & contemplation, the conversation that arises when we share our favourite stories and listen to those of others. The spark that is ignited when we connect with a story (and its storyteller) and #GROW from the mutual learning experience, because we can relate or were moved by it.
Reading is a gateway skill to knowledge, yes, but it is also the highway to human connection. It is what makes all learning possible.