I love to read; I always have. I remember being a wee little one, even before kindergarten, sitting on the laps of my grandparents while they read books to me. My most dominant memories from both second and third grade are of my teachers reading books to us young pupils.
My mother has always been an avid reader, and fortunately she passed that love on to myself and my sister. During summer breaks we used to trade books every other day. We read just about every young adult fiction series there was: we started out with The Babysitter's Club and Goosebumps, then moved on to Fear Street, Sweet Valley High (followed by SVU), Love Stories, Christopher Pike's Chain Letter books, etc.
Eventually, as I got older, my tastes matured and I began to delve into deeper subject matter, but these series established a love of reading in me, and I hope my daughters will one day look back and have the same sense of affection for similar book series. Of course, it all starts with the "baby" books....
These are some of my most treasured books from early childhood that I have already purchased in the hopes that my girls will love them as much as me:
The first book I remember being read to me.
As a first grader, I thought this was the funniest book in the world.
I don't know anyone who doesn't remember this one fondly.
My third grade teacher read this to my class on the first day of
school, and we begged for it every day for the rest of the year.
I always thought Alexander was being a sissy.
I loved this little bear, and I thought it was amazing when they made a movie version of the book.
I wanted to go there, so badly.
The hubs isn't much of a reader, but his parents read him all of the Dr. Seuss books, which he still loves (and Mimi hopes our girls will love also).
What were your favorite books as a child/young adult?