Books are important for several reasons: they allow children and adults to learn and understand the alphabet, achieve a minimal standard of literacy and help people understand their roles in society. Some books have characters that people can easily relate to, which allows them to gain a better understanding of their own emotions, including happiness, sorrow, anger and pleasure. Some books contain stories and information on areas that people are not familiar with, such as the sciences or a certain region of the world; reading literature on these elements allows people to have a better understanding of and appreciation for those topics.
Books are a valuable learning tool for individuals and academic institutions. Reading books on relevant subject areas studied in school, for instance, allows students to gain a better understanding and develop a deeper knowledge in subject areas that they are studying.
Reading books also enables students to sharpen and develop certain skills, such as reading comprehension, communication, phonetics and interpreting photographs. Students also use books as social tools to gain an understanding of and appreciation for people of other cultures, and may broaden their skills in dealing with others, such as by listening and being sensitive to the unique perspectives and world views offered by others.