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Improve Your Memory and Mental Development: Read 15 Pages A Day!

New program promotes the benefits of reading on paper regularly

/EIN News/ -- MCLEAN, Va., Aug. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To promote the many benefits of reading on paper, the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign launches 15 Pages A Day, a new program encouraging everyone to take the pledge to read 15 Pages A Day in print. Similar to physical exercise, the consistent reading of print pages can yield several benefits including improved mental development and memory.



“Reading, like playing a musical instrument or speaking a second language or exercising, involves habit,” says Dr. Naomi Baron, Professor of Linguistics at American University in Washington, DC and author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (Oxford University Press). To read Dr. Baron’s full essay, “Make Books a Daily Habit: Why Regular Reading Matters, Especially in Print” and for more insights on the benefits of learning with paper see the Paper and Productive Learning Report: The Third Annual Back-to-School Report.

The 15 Pages A Day program, launching just in time for the back-to-school season, offers parents, students and teachers a way to participate by pledging to read 15 print pages a day.

How Can People Participate? Take the Pledge!

Pledge to read at least 15 pages a day in print to realize the benefits of reading on paper. More details on how to take the pledge can be found at Participants can also share their involvement and invite their friends to take the pledge by using #15Pages.

The Benefits of Reading on Paper Each Day

Improved Memory/Recall

  • Current research indicates that taking notes by hand on paper aids memory and recollection.    
  • According to another recent study, “the findings show that people who regularly read and write have a markedly slower decline in memory than people who don’t.”

Increased Language/Mental Development

  • The American Library Association has found that “students who read independently become better readers, score higher on achievement tests in all subject areas, and have greater content knowledge than those who do not.”  
  • Reading aloud for 15 minutes a day aids language development, instills a love of reading and increases understanding of how knowledge is gained and shared. 

To learn more about the 15 Pages A Day reading program, please visit:


Editor’s Note:

Dr.  Naomi Baron is available for media interviews.

About the Paper and Packaging Board

The Paper and Packaging Board establishes and guides promotions designed to help slow the decline in paper use and expand demand for paper-based packaging products. More than 50 U.S. manufacturers and importers of these products collectively fund the board’s efforts including the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign.


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Joan Sahlgren
Paper and Packaging Board

Sara Rude