Monday, March 16, 2015

For The Love of Reading

I'll never forget the first time I set foot in a library with my mother. Reading didn't come easily to me, so it was somewhat intimidating.

With my first library card in hand, we entered the children's section and found some interesting titles. One of the books was called, "The Doll's House." It was about tiny people who lived in a child's doll house. At night, when everyone was asleep, they'd gather food crumbs and other essentials to daily living. I was totally hooked.

By the time I reached sixth grade, I was reading seven books a week. I turned to bookstores and catalogs as the library ran out of titles to satisfy my voracious reading appetite. Christmas and birthday Wish Lists always included books.

I longed for Christian books about kids like me. They were few and far between in those days, but the ones I found brought me closer to the Lord.

Today, parents and children have so many great Christian novels available. Libraries will often purchase books on request or borrow them from another library. Visiting the library can provide hours of FREE entertainment for youngsters and adults.

Writers and Readers:  Do you recall your early reading experiences? Please share.

Photo Credit:  alko


Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Susan .. stories draw us in don't they - I was enraptured by Sunday school, and by children's stories ...

Cheers Hilary

quietspirit said...

I found myself reading biographies.

Karen Lange said...

i loved to read (still do!). My Mom was instrumental in that. As a teacher, she saw the connection between reading and learning. I am glad she fostered reading with my sisters and me. :)

Anonymous said...

The library was my favourite place to be when I was in my elementary years. My beast friend and I would just sit in her living room and read our books after a fruitful trip to our library. I loved the Betsy books, then later Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys. And I still have my Charlottes Web and Cricket in Times Square books I received for Christmas from my big sister when just 8 years old.