Do you like to read books?

I love reading books . . . and magazines . . . and newspapers . . . and stories on the Internet. Actually, I like reading everything I can — whether it's the stuff on a cereal box while I'm having breakfast or the brochures as I'm waiting at the dentist's office. Reading helps me develop my vocabulary, so even if my trusty dictionary isn't nearby, I can still guess the definition of unfamiliar words. (Can you figure out what "supernumerary teeth" are?)

Reading broadens your knowledge by opening up the whole world to you. While you're reading, you can be visiting another country or a different time period, or traveling through space. You can find out how people solve problems or think up new ideas. You can learn all about other kids, or historic people and important events. You can even figure out how to build things or do something better. Whatever topic you can think of, there's a book or an article waiting to be read. The whole world is an adventure to discover!

Even after a long day of reading difficult stuff for work or for school, lots of people will pick up a book to read for fun and relaxation. Whether it's a thrilling mystery, a funny series of adventures, or a romance novel, books can provide a brief escape from everyday living.

I also like to read out loud to myself (or anyone who will listen!) — especially poetry or pieces that I think are especially well written. When I read aloud, the meaning of the words intensify; even the sound of the words can make a difference in how they make me feel.

Now for "supernumerary teeth." This phrase has its roots in Latin:

super = over, above, beyond, or moreover
numerus = total, class, category, or number

Can you guess the meaning now? Normally a person has 32 teeth. If a person has more than that, she has supernumerary teeth, or extra teeth.