The snow is covering the ground today as I write this post. I love how the world slows down in the winter and provides time for reading. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember. I love how my kids have been developing that same love.
I think in order to talk about how to help our kids become great readers, we have to think about what happened in our lives that helped to turn us into readers and lovers of books. Today, I am going to share my love of reading journey. I am hopeful it causes you to think of your journey. Which in turn will help you think of how to create this in your children.
My best early memories are of my father reading to me and my brothers and sisters. My father read with different voices for each character. He loved reading to us the Happy Hollisters books and the different OZ books. He use to tell me "Books are our friends." My dad took me to used-book stores, brought home books for me from trips, and took me to the library.
Another great influence in my love of reading was Mrs. Chamberlain the librarian at Trailwood Elementary in Kansas City, Kansas. She brought in the author Scott Corbet to the school. I was so excited to meet a real author. She let me work in the library and always acted excited to hear about what I was reading. She would walk through the shelves with students suggesting books and talking about them.
Lee Bernd taught a literature class I took in Georgia. She was truly a delight. She loved talking about books, and enjoyed bringing in authors to our class. She inspired me to be a better teacher. She introduced us to Laura Seely, Betsy Duffy(Betsy Byars daughter), and Carmen Agra Deedy. Lee passed away 6 months after our class was over. I was so sad to hear of her death, but so glad that I had the privilege to get to know her that summer. She rekindled my love of children's literature.
These are just the top three. There were other friends and teachers along the way. I love finding a friend who loves the same author I do. It is an instant connection.
So, who influenced your love of reading?