What books did you read as a child that influenced you in some way? Share with us.
Julie: As a young child, I fell in love with reading when my Grandma read Pushkin stories to me (in Russian). Those were my first influential stories since they opened up the world of books to me. I’ve been a reader since, a little on and off depending on what was going on in my life. I remember in grade school I would read Goosebumps every night before bed (I used to have an hour to myself before light out, miss that).
Rose: I remember that I was never a very good readers. I got nervous reading aloud in the classroom and nine times out of ten the books chosen for class reading were boring. They just didn’t appeal to me. 4th grade changed all of that. My teacher was tough that year. She was strict and demanding and all about reading and writing. I struggled to keep up. Then she did something amazing… she chose The Black Stallion by Walter Farley for the class reading. Suddenly I knew vocabulary words that other student knew. I remember a student correcting me once while I was reading aloud. Without missing a beat, I told him he was wrong and explained to him the difference. The teacher backed me up! It was a major moment for me. I felt like I was smart. I felt like I had something to contribute to the classroom. I felt validated. I have never stopped reading since!
Lynn: For me, the books I remember reading by myself were some of the most influential. And now, looking at lists of favorite childhood books, there are a bunch I’ve probably never even read. I’m going with a list of books I actually remember reading.
- Wind in the Willows
- Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
- Ralph Mouse Books – especially with the motorcycles
- The Secret Garden