Thursday, March 10, 2011
Love Affair with Books
I often think back to when I was a child and would "hide out" in books. Oh, don't get me wrong, my childhood was a lovely safe fun place but books could take me places that weren't like the real world.
I could be with George Washington, fighting the British in the morning and with Trixie Belden, solving criminal high-jinks in the afternoon. (Apparently I have always been a genre-hopper.)
Even as a very young child, I loved reading and going to the library. I bet I read every Little Bear book ever written. He and his friends always had the most marvelous time. I think that is one reason that I value friendship so much. It isn't nearly as much fun to have an adventure all alone.
Almost every day, as a reading teacher, I attempt to give my students a peek into the wide world that books can bring to them. I have hundreds of all sorts of books in my room and we read a LOT. I give my students lots of lee-way in their book selections. Their own interests drive the selection process--not that it is Accelerated Reader book or how many points is it worth! I really can't talk about my feelings about the Accelerated Reader program on the World Wide Web, not even with tenure. But the point is that for the most part, I manage to find books that interest all of my students. We talk about how males usually like non-fiction best and females usually want a fictional story, but that it is always good to try new things. We have a book recommendation wall where they can suggest books they enjoyed to their classmates. I do these things to try to create a love of reading in my students.
I guess that someone, probably my mother, helped create that love in me. I do know that re-reading books from my childhood are like visiting with old friends.
Did you love to read as a child? Can you remember when your love affair with books began?