I am a reader and my whole family is readers,I encourage everyone to read. Here are my five pictures that help tell why, sorry they date me.
My parents encouraged reading; some of that probably came from my grandfather who was a publisher. My first fondest memories of reading are; when I was a child my parents especially my Dad would read to us each night. All four of us kids had all the classics read to us, before we ever started school plus hundred of other books. We all also were all reading by the time we were 4 or 5. I contribute this to being read too on a regular bases. Because of where we lived we did not have a TV until I was about 12 because we had no TV reception so reading was our form of entertainment.
The Bookmobile would come up the Mountain every two weeks and we would go check out enough books to last us until it came back again. The Bookmobile was a magical place full of brand new books to read.
Before Scholastic s were a popular way for schools to get books, Mom would send us kids around to the other rural residents to get book orders from them. Then Mom would all order books through the Scholastic book club. We love the free books our family was then able to get.
I was reading all the series I could get my hands on The Little Colonel, Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Happy Hollisters, Donna Parker, Cherry Aims, Trixie Belden, and mini series like Mary Poppins, Heidi, Little Women, Narnia, Wizard of OZ and even now Harry Potter and Adult ones like Lord of the Rings and the Divergent series. We had book cases full of books in about every type of books we could get our hands on. My kids and all the daycare kids I took care of for the last 22 plus years have read them all plus thousand of others books too! They are becoming a little worn from the years of use.
Even today all four of us kids, plus our kids and our extended families read. We all share an Amazon account and share, discuss and review all types of books. It has encouraged all of us to read a variety of books. I read Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages about the first atomic bombs in New Mexico and would most likely of never read it if someone else had not downloaded and recommended it. Reading is an important part of my life and have tried to encourage every child that has come into my life to read also.