When Did Your Love of Reading Start?
No matter what age, I always remember having a book with me. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my grandmother started me on my love for reading.
When I was four, my grandmother (I called her Mom-Mom) would babysit me as both of my parents had full-time jobs, and I was not yet in school. I would play with my toys and spend time outside, but one day after lunch, Mom-Mom had the two of us sit on the couch with a book she bought for us to read together. It was called The Teeny Tiny Woman. Mom-Mom flipped the cover over, and I remember seeing the colorful pictures and words at the bottom of the page. She read that story out loud, creating voices for the characters, and by the end of that story, I was hooked. When she finished the story, I shouted, “Again!” Mom-Mom went back to page one and started all over again. We re-read that story at least 5 times that day, and each visit with her, I asked Mom-Mom if we may read the story again … and again … and again. Mom-Mom never tried to talk me out of reading that story over and over. She taught me how to say the words, what they meant, how to sound them out.
A reader was born.
I came to learn later through my teacher education college classes that this is a great beginning reader book because almost every line has the phrase “teeny-tiny” surrounded by simple words. The repetitious, longer phrases make a nice, “flowing” progress of sentences and “embeds” the story in a child’s memory. To this day, I feel I can still recite many lines from the story.
I lost Mom-Mom when I was seven. As I look back on that time, I feel we were able to have a special connection because she taught me to read. I wish she had lived to see what she helped create in me by having a love of reading. I taught middle school and high school English and as a Virtual Assistant, I get to work with authors on a daily basis in helping them bring their dream of writing to life.
Whether you started a love of reading when very young or did not pick up a book to read for pleasure until you were well into your adult years, I bet you can pinpoint the experience or moment that changed for you and made you grab a specific book, open the cover and start your journey.
Kelly is the founder of Cornerstone Virtual Assistance and specializes in working with authors and coaches to manage the technical, creative and administrative projects for their business.
Cornerstone Virtual Assistance was started in 2004; the decision to establish it stemmed from Kelly’s desire to have more time to work one-on-one with clients in a collaborative partnership that permits her to practice the belief that “Together Everyone Accomplishes More (TEAM).” Her love of learning continues as she has been teaching workshops to authors since 2010. Learn more at https://www.CornerstoneVA.com
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