What's the first book you remember reading?
That's a difficult question to answer. As long as I can remember, books have been a part of my life. Mom and Dad did a wonderful job of making me a reader. As I look at the kids I know now, I'm ecstatic to see that in almost every instance, their parents are fostering a love of books. (Jenn and Jeremy have been especially great: Hank and Scout fairly breathe books.) But the kids I know are universally well-off. Rich, even. They can afford books, and their parents believe in the value of reading. Not every child has this advantage.
But what was the first book I remember reading? I don't know.
A moose is asleep. He is dreaming of moose drinks.
A goose is asleep. He is dreaming of goose drinks.
That's well and good when a moose dreams of moose juice.
And nothing goes wrong when a goose dreams of goose juice.
But it isn't too good when a moose and a goose
Start dreaming they're drinking the other one's juice.
Moose juice, not goose juice, is juice for a moose.
And goose juice, not moose juice, is juice for a goose.
So, when goose gets a mouthful of juices of mooses
And moose gets a mouthful of juices of gooses
They always fall out of their beds screaming screams
So, I'm warning you, now! Never drink in your dreams.
I have strong memories of each, including memories of going to the public library for Small Pig.
I can remember learning to read in first grade using the Star Reader books: The Wee Light, We Feed a Deer, etc.
Getting kids to read is vital. It lays the groundwork for lifelong learning. Because of this, I'm raising money for FirstBook this month. On July 29th, I'll be blogging for 24-hours straight at Get Rich Slowly. Your sponsorship helps, even if you just give a buck. Please take the time to pledge your support.
Lately I've begun to read "success" books: self-help and motivational tomes and biographies of famous people. A common thread among these is: successful people read — a lot. I'm thankful to my parents for having made me a reader. Now I have a chance to foster reading in others.
Look! It's one of those rare days on which I've made a weblog entry every year since I started:
On this day at foldedspace.org
2005 — Bathroom Remodel: During In which we're one week (out of three) into our bathroom remodel. (Ha! Little did I know at the time that this project would s-t-r-e-t-c-h on for months!)
2004 — Photo Gallery: Remodeling In which I describe (with the help of photographs) all of the remodeling we've done since moving into the new house.
2003 — Famous First Lines In which I devise a contest for the readers of this weblog: identify the books from which I've drawn these opening lines.
2002 — WinHell In which I hate working with computers.
2001 — Daily Life In which I enjoy a summer of biking, reading, and killing demonic hordes.