Books have been my escape from the real world, the place I go for an adventure. I’ve always considered myself to be a reader. Now the question I have been asked–why? I present to you in no particular order, the top five moments that made me a reader for life.
MY FIRST LIBRARY CARD
I got my first library card before I was old enough to sign my name on the back of it. Something about it being my own card made it special and gave me ownership over my reading. Growing up, the library was one of my favorite places to go. I would ride my bike to the library all the time, checking out as many books as I could read. I used that card until the plastic between the laminated parts started to disintegrate. Ah, the memories…
I would hold my mom most responsible for my love of books. (Somebody had to sign my library card for me!) As a kindergarten teacher, she knows the importance of literacy. My mom would read to my siblings and me often and even before we really knew what a book was. This influenced my love of reading and my reading ability. Thanks mom!
MY FRIENDS (Not a stock photo here folks. They are the real deal!)
Growing up, I was surrounded by friends who loved reading just as much as me! I feel like if they did not like reading as much as I did, I wouldn’t like reading as much as I do. Three of my friends were library pages in high school. Close friends influence everything about you–including your reading habits!
I remember loving fourth grad a lot, mostly due to the reading I did then. My teacher had a huge classroom library filled with all the classics–I spent much of my time in that room reading as many books as I could. My teacher that year was also a big influence as she loved books and would challenge me with a new one, better than the last. The literature read at this age is part of what makes me want to teach 3rd-5th grade!
I don’t even know where to begin here…Harry Potter was my childhood. I can’t even count the number of times I have read these books. I was the girl that waited in line for the midnight release of the next book. With each being longer than the last, long books weren’t a bad thing, they were a challenge. I don’t know much else to say, because to me, Harry Potter pretty much says it all.