A recent article in The Telegraph reports research suggesting that reading reduces stress. The author of the article comments: "Psychologists believe this is because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and the distraction of being taken into a literary world eases the tensions in muscles and the heart." It is more relaxing to read than to listen to music, have a cup of tea, or take a walk. At Birches, children enjoy Reading Workshop every day. It is inspiring to watch children scattered around the classroom, some reading silently to themselves, others reading with a teacher or with a reading partner. The concentration and pleasure emanating from the classroom seem almost palpable. Now we know another reason why.