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Monday, October 25, 2010

My earliest memories of reading were at our small-town library. I must've been 3 or 4 years old and I remember sitting in the aisles between towering bookshelves, opening the crinkly plastic covers and turning the musty the pages of storybooks.

I'm really thankful my mom took me to the library. She's never been much of a reader herself, and I know now she must've been taking me to encourage my love of reading. Little did she know, her baby would not only be an avid reader, but would one day write stories herself.

My next memories of reading are finding the Little House books on the shelves of my elementary library. I read through the whole series then went back and started over again. Recently I had the pleasure of reading one of those books to my youngest--he would want me to add here that he had to read a book for school, and we were woefully low on boy books. :-)

The Little House series got me hooked on reading for life. I've gone through slower reading times, during college and such, but I always come back to my love of reading.

What book got you hooked on reading? What's your earliest reading memory?
Denise Hunter  
posted at 7:19 AM  
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At 8:08 AM, Blogger Ruthie said...

My earliest memory is when I was 8 years old. I was very ill with pneumonia and had to stay in bed for 9 weeks (that was a LONG time ago). My parents went to the library every 3 or 4 days and brought home stacks of books that the librarian had set aside for me. She picked out what she thought I would enjoy and stuck in a few of the classics, too. I spent the entire summer in bed, reading. I've loved the library and books ever since. Now, I rarely read but I listen to 1 or 2 audiobooks a week. What would we do without books?

At 9:32 AM, Blogger Wendy Paine Miller said...

Frog & Toad.

Otherwise my memories were much like yours. Mom taking us to the library. A Wrinkle in Time. Ramona books galore.

Little House rocked!
~ Wendy

At 10:12 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

That's a hard way to come by a good hobby, Ruthie! I can't listen to audio books. My mind wanders.

I haven't heard of Frog and Toad. They just made a movie from one of the Ramona books didn't they?

At 10:31 AM, Blogger celestemc said...

For me it was Little House as well. I'm thinking that it was during the same time that it aired on Sunday nights. I also loved the Nancy Drew series.

Recently I was thrilled to find one of the 'yellow' Little House series at a thrift store. Talk about a flood of memories! I'm excited, because my first grade daughter has just started chapter books and is showing signs of loving to read. Yay! Ramona is her favorite right now.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

I'm ashamed to admit that I was in second grade when I picked up my first grade reader and realized it wasn't as hard as it was the year before, and so when it wasn't really work, I enjoyed it. I had a first-grade teacher who was really mean and all the kids were scared of her, so she could have killed my love for reading forever. People can influence the direction of a child's life forever.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger HollyMag said...

Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew!!! (Especially Hardy Boys!) My mom took me to the city library probably started taking me the summer after 1st grade.

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Lisa Jordan said...

My first reading memory is of my mom reading BIble stories to us at bedtime. We had this large white illustrated Bible for children. Loved it so much I bought one for my boys when they were little.

I remember learning to read in first grade, and that passion has done nothing but grow.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

I don't really remember what my favorites were as a child, but I can tell you for sure that right now I am HOOKED on your books! I started Nantucket series Friday and am on #4 (#3 just came in mail today so will have to go back to that one)! I am loving them!!
Thanks for using your talents for writing such great books for us readers!!!

At 4:48 PM, Blogger Jan Marie said...

I remember when all the girls in first grade wanted to play hopscotch and jump rope at recess and I just wanted to sit in a corner and read. I recall being very upset when I had real all of the Hardy Boys books that the library had on the shelves and I had to find something new to read.

All three of my children followed after me and were avid readers. We would go to the library on Friday and check out 20 books for each of them. They especially enjoyed Frog and Toad, Encyclopedia Brown, and the We Were There series. By Saturday evening, they were all complaining that they had nothing to read.

Now I am teaching enrichment reading classes to students in grades K-6 and trying to instill that love of books in them. It is such a different era - they are so wrapped up in video games that it is hard to get them to sit still with a book but we are making progress.

Jan Marie

At 5:37 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

My husband has a learning disability - it's not dyslexia, but possibly dysgraphia, although never diagnosed or tested. When he was in school, they didn't know about those disabilities - they just labeled him "special" and didn't try to educate him. Thanks to a neighbor, when he was in his 20s and 30s, he learned to read, but still his abilities are minimal primarily now due to self-esteem, but also due to the disability.

This past year, we began reading the whole Little House series aloud at night before we went to bed. We just finished the last one last week. We've also read several other books this way, too. Until we started, he'd never read through an entire book.

It's imperative that parents read to their children, and create a love of the library from a young age. Thankfully, I was raised in a household that did just that. Seems I went through every series my library owned - from Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Little House, Trixie Belden, then Grace Livingston Hill, Zane Grey, Perry Mason and more. My precious grandmother gave me books by Helen Steiner Rice, Corrie ten Boom, and Charles Sheldon to introduce me to Jesus.

Great post!

At 6:24 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I love libraries! The first book I remember loving to read myself is a book called Bambi's Children.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

Thank you, Jackie! Tracy, what a tender story. You must be very proud of your hubby. It's sad he didn't get the help he needed in school.

It was fun to read what got you all hooked on books!

At 7:58 PM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

Wow, I had to think about this. I remember sitting in my little Christian school in first grade (four grades in one room) and marveling at the wall of books in there! I could go over and pick any book. I loved these biographies about famous historical people when they were children! There were shelves of them. Those fascinated me. It continues to fascinate me to this day! Fun topic.

I also related to Ruthie, because in 3rd grade I got pneumonia and was home in bed for six weeks. I loved Little Women (the book) and my mother found these Little Women paper dolls! I played all the scenes from the book with those paper dolls, rereading scenes to play them out. Books made my illness bearable.

At 5:57 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

My earliest book memory was Pat the Bunny. My mom read to us a lot, so I remember many of the Golden Books we had such as The Pokey Little Puppy and The Little Engine That Could. It's funny to think of how excited I got over Fun with Dick and Jane at school.

The first book I read by myself for fun was The Cat in the Hat. As I child I was an avid reader. I would ride my bike to the public library and return with a basket full of books. I didn't discover Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, though, until my daughter was in elementary school.

P.S. I LOVE Frog and Toad.

P.P.S. Thanks for asking. What a fun stroll down memory lane!

At 2:32 PM, Blogger SandieP said...

I was always an avid reader. As I recall, we used the school library in elementary school. During summers, we'd go to the small town public library which at the time was located across from a store my mother frequented. In those days she could drop us off and we could walk over to wherever she was when we were done.

At 10:27 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

I too, have had a love of reading since I was in elementary school. I have always had a book in my hand, it seems. I'm so fortunate to have had parents who helped foster my passion for reading. I started out reading Beverly Cleary in third grade. I moved on to the Little House books, a book about Helen Keller and her tutor Anne Sullivan, and the series that turned me into a mystery/suspense nut, the Nancy Drew series. I read every one of them by the time I finished fifth grade. I still have them.

I have read many different genres, and many different authors. My favorite secular authors are Phyllis A Whitney, and Victoria Holt. I read Christian authors now, and I am so thankful that there are so many GOOD authors (such as all of the Girls Write Out) who write such good books.........I am forever in your debt. Keep up the good work!


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