2 Books - "Ferdinand" and "My Grandfather and I". I remember loving "My Grandfather and I" so much that I re-wrote the entire book... in second grade... the year we moved to Hawaii and away from all my extended family. I didn't see my grandfather again for two years. As for "Ferdinand", I, too, love to sit and smell the flowers.
I remember my parents reading from a purple anthology of stories. We recited Mother Goose rhymes together and they read us mostly fairy tales and folk tales from that anthology. I loved to hear the stories and because there were few pictures, I visualized the pictures in my head. I don't remember my favorite; I just loved all the stories!
A fond memory that I recall was in 5th grade. Everyday after recess my teacher, Mrs. Thalman would read "The Hobbit". Her enthusiasm awakened my imagination and kept me wanting to hear more, and more, and more. In the middle of that year my family moved from Nebraska to North Dakota. She cried the day I left and told me she would miss me. A few months later, in the mailbox I received this envelope stuffed with letters. Mrs. Thalman had given her students a writing assignment to write a letter to me. I was shocked and appreciative at the same time. After we finished our tour in North Dakota, we moved back to Nebraska. I tried to reconnect with Mrs. Thalman but unfortunately she had passed away. I will always be grateful to her for sharing her love of reading...
I have so many good memories of reading but my best one is when my mother just read to me a Dr.Seuss book. It was just me and my mom! That was the best Monday night of my life! My bothers and I love to listen to funny books every night. By the time we were three years old we were learning how to read. I love to read and when I do it reminds me of so many good many good memories. My mom loved to tell stories of when her mom read to her. My grandmother was in the Book-A-Thon when she was little and she raised over $3000 for reading books.
My favorite memory when I was a kid of reading is when I read "Jack and Janet." It had a ton of pages and I remember feeling so proud that I could read a book with so many pages. It was almost a 200 page book.
I forever associate reading with my 6th grade teacher Mrs. Nally. She loved reading to us and was very enthusiastic about our required reading. I remember reading or listening to Johnny Tremain, The BFG, The Witches, and Matilda. I clearly remember everyone crying when she read the end of Where the Red Fern Grows.
I was a latchkey kid and preferred to stay after school to help my teacher. She let me clean boards and collect butcher paper from the teacher's supply room. I got to look through her cabinets, too, which were full of middle school and high school chapter books. I expressed an interest in the books she had so she gifted me the one I was most curious about: Jacob Have I Loved. At the end of the year she purchased 3 books for every student! I remember being really proud that I got the 3 thickest books! (lol) Little Women, Wuthering Heights, and a Greek Mythology Encyclopedia.
I've loved reading ever since.
When I was in first grade, I missed 3 months of school. To keep busy, I read all the time. My big brother would go to school and bring home books, I would read them, he would take them back and bring more. What service. Collecting children's books remains one of my favorite things, but my fondest reading memory does not have to do with me at all. It is the day I watched my 6 year old daughter read her favorite book to her 2 year old sister and brand new baby brother, "Green Eggs and Ham" She was so proud, I was so proud, I cried like a baby.
I remember my grandmother always taking me to the library to pick out books. We would go back to her house and read them all afternoon. One of my favorite books when I was younger and in kindergarten was the "Word Bird" books. I wanted her to read those books over and over again to me.