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Childhood Reading Meme (snagged from misstreebc)

1. How old were you when you learned to read and who taught you? I was reading by age 3 and I don't remember being *taught* to read. Since my grandmother was our caretaker, I'm sure she's the one who taught me.

2. Did you own any books as a child? If so, what’s the first one that you remember owning? If not, do you recall any of the first titles that you borrowed from the library? Hmm... I'm sure that the first books I owned and read were from the Little Golden Library. There's a funny story about my first visits to the public library. I was 5 when Daddy took me to the library and introduced me to the librarian. (I don't remember getting a card, though.) He told the librarian that he didn't want her to censor my reading or steer me to the "children's books". If I took out a book that was too "old" for me, I'd figure it out. So, on a return visit with my grandmother, I picked up a book that I wanted to check out and took it to the librarian. She said I couldn't take it home, and I immediately threw a fit because "my Daddy said I could check out any book I wanted!" She had to call my Daddy on the phone and have *him* explain that no-one was allowed to take home a volume of the encyclopedia.

3. What’s the first book that you bought with your own money? I honestly don't remember. My parents were big on reading and they bought lots of books. But, I lived in a very small town which didn't have a book store. The Bible store carried a few books, but for the most part I read books from the libraries (public and school). I'm trying to remember the first time I stepped into a proper book store and can't remember -- probably some time around the time I was in junior high.

4. Were you a re-reader as a child? If so, which book did you re-read most often? I'm sure that I was a re-reader, particularly as a very young child. The Babar books were ones that I never tired of.

5. What’s the first adult book that captured your interest and how old were you when you read it? Science fiction of some type; probably A. C. Clarke or Robert Heinlein. My mother also read science fiction, so there were lots of books of this genre around from the time I was 12 or so.

6. Are there children’s books that you passed by as a child that you have learned to love as an adult? Which ones? Amazingly, I never heard of Winnie the Pooh until I was in high school. But, my friends hadn't been introduced to Babar, so I was one up on them in that case. In college, I took two children's lit courses (Picture Books through early readers; Elementary children's literature) and went crazy reading all the classic children's books that I had not seen as a kid.

Thanks to misstreebc for introducing me to this meme; I had a good time thinking back to my earliest memories of reading.



Didn't know you liked Babar!

Don't have one of those id's - it's Beth here

1. How old? Don't remember, but I know it was before I started school. Don't remember learning either, but Mama probably taught me. I know she taught me multiplication tables thru 5's or 6's before I started school.

2. Books I owned? Hmmm... I've heard tales of the "'Pendous Christmas Tree" - that would be about the tree at Rockefellow Center. And, little Golden Books, and my favorite would be volumes 1 and 2 of Childcraft from the 50's - poetry... Nursery rhymes on to The Highwayman, the Griffin, Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Hiawatha.

3. First book I ever bought? Again, like you, I have no idea. Not many bookstores in Florence at that time. Lots of library books. I consumed those biographies as the rate of one a day in 2nd grade (hence, I learned about Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth as well as Robert Lewis Stevenson and Benjamin Franklin). Did you know that Lou Gehrig had to change his handedness because of the kind of catcher's mitt his parents gave him? and he really wanted to play football, not baseball?

4. Re-Reader? Maybe - especially the Cat in the Hat and the Christmas Tree book - whatever that was.

5. First adult book? That would be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - I was 9, and didn't understand why adults were amazed. I didn't read Tom Sawyer until I was in high school.

6. Children's book as an adult - I knew Winnie the Pooh, sort of... but I adore it more and more the older I get. I suppose The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is an adult find of a children's book. I didn't discover Tolkien until highschool, so does The Hobbit count?

geeze that way fun! And now Marie is introducing me to Lilly books... but Paddington never caught on with me.