FIR '10: Question #7 Becoming a Reader

Fall Into Reading 2010 @ Callapidder DaysAs part of the Fall Into Reading Challenge, Katrina @ Callapidder Days has decided to post a weekly question related to the challenge.

She writes, “I thought it would be a great way to keep Fall Into Reading participants connected throughout the course of the challenge.”

Here’s the question for this week:

How did you get into reading? When and how/why did you really become “a reader”?

I think I can quite safely thank my grandmother for my love of reading. I’m not sure when I became first interested in reading but I can vividly remember how much she encouraged in and helped me to foster the interest. One of my favorite early reading memories is of going to the library with her when I was still young enough to be reading mostly picture books, though I quickly moved on to early chapter books. I asked her on one of those first trips, after getting my very own library card, how many books I was allowed to get, already seeing many many books that I wanted and having a hard time deciding.

The library, at least in those days, didn’t actually have a limit. You could check out as many as you wanted. But  I think she knew I needed a number or else she was just being silly, because she told me “seventeen books” – and not realizing it was a joke, I believed her and picked out exactly seventeen books that day and many many days thereafter. I remember the librarian being both impressed with my math skills and also at how quickly I plowed through that stack of books! (I don’t think anyone has been impressed with my math skills since, coincidentally)

How about you? When did you first truly become “a reader”?

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