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June 1, 2016

The #ReaderThatIAm Today

There are books that stand out for each of us from our childhood, that stamped us with their mark, that we will never forget. When I was growing up, the characters in those books became the heroes, the inspirations, the stars of my childhood: the omniscient (but now I see it, somewhat insufferable) Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle; Pippi Longstocking, whose father just let her live by herself and who wore exactly what she wanted every day; and the 12 children, their time management, Dad, and the whole cast of the original it-doesn’t-really-have-much-to-do-with-the-movie Cheaper by the Dozen. There were my favorite bad boys, Johnny Tremain, Henry Huggins, Homer Price, and Bilbo Baggins; Sara Crewe and Mary Lennox, girls who could have been my friends if only they lived nearby in time and space; heroic real people I wanted to help like Karen Killilea and Anne Frank; and families I would have loved to be a member of (sort of) like the Peppers, the Wilders, and the Moffats. Each and every one of these characters was my friend and played a significant role in my life at one point or another. The thing they all had in common was that they made me the reader that I am today. Which book (or books!) made you the reader that you are today?

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3 Responses

  1. Wendy Hodge

    All of those books shaped my reading. I can’t also forget Fern and Wilbur in “Charlotte’s Web” and the original “Boxcar Children”, that I remember waiting until the summer to finally get from our school library. I remember getting “Heidi” when I was in first grade and it being very difficult so I worked until one year later I could and did read it!

  2. DawnKelly

    My First Book: A Hole is to Dig by Maurice Sendak. First Library Book: the Little House- How I learned to read; Milne- When I was Very Young, Winnie the Pooh House at Pooh Corner, Now I am Six. Series I first got hooked on; The Bobbsey Twins, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, Mary Poppins-Trixie Belden, Homer Price, Henry Huggins, Encyclopedia Brown, and All of a Kind of a Family. Then, Dr Dolittle, Robinson Crusoe. Fell in love with reading; Blue Fairy Book, ( and Green, Orange, Red, Grey…etc.) Made friends sharing: Black Beauty, Man of War, Dog Books, First “adult books” in 5th grade The Hobbit, The LOTR, Farenheit 421, Tales from Shakespeare. 6th grade: Books that shocked me to the core and made me read non-fiction for the next four years; Othello, Hamlet, Oedipus, Iphigenia, and the Bible. First Book I read to my little brothers Brer Rabbit. First book I read to my children; Little Blue and Little Yellow. Books I read now as a Kindergarten teacher ; everything.

  3. kathleen

    My favorite was and still is Pipi Longstocking. My daughter read her in first grade and LOVED it. And also,Madeline and the classic’s like Heidi,Pollyanna.

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