I think I’ve mentioned before…our Kids Team at Tyndale is full of life and fun…and we really love kids and books (well, go figure!). When I asked for a childhood memory related to reading, I received responses back immediately. This group has been in love with reading for years. Read them below…and let us know if any ring a bell with you (or feel free to share one of your childhood reading memories). It will remind you to share the love of reading and books with kids as early as possible. – Katara Patton
Erin Gwynne, copyeditor – When I was growing up, my mom would take me and my younger brother to the library every other week. We had a plastic basket that we could fill with all of our chosen books, and that basket would be overflowing by the end of every library visit! Reading gave me so many opportunities for learning, even if I thought I was just having fun. From exploring imaginary worlds through storybooks to learning about the world around me through nonfiction titles, I was able to expand my knowledge about so many things. Now that I’m a mom, I continue the library tradition with my daughter. She has her pink basket to fill with books, and we visit the library at least once each month.
Jackie Nunez, art director – Ever the visual person, Jackie ran to show me a copy of Hoppity the day I asked this question. It’s a vintage book that was published in 1947 with worn and tattered edges and yellowing pages. At the age of eight she says she didn’t know or understand “vintage,” but Jackie says she was drawn to because it looked “different” and she has kept it with her ever since. It’s in her office now for inspiration!
Stephanie Rische, editor – I fell in love with books on an otherwise ordinary autumn afternoon in second grade. I was riding the school bus home, as I did every day. But that day was different—that day was magical. I was reading Little House on the Prairie, and suddenly, without warning, I was no longer squished in a crowded yellow school bus in the twentieth century. I’d been transported back to pioneer days, battling malaria and riding in a covered wagon alongside Ma and Pa and Mary. When at last I looked up from my book, all my friends had disappeared. I looked out the window, and to my horror, I realized we’d blown right past my stop. I eventually made it home that night, shaken but happy. I may have been an hour late, but it wasn’t all bad. After all, I had a new friend.
Cheryl Kerwin, marketing manager – I was so excited the day I got my first library card. My brothers and sisters and I rode our bikes down to the Library with our Mom and she helped us get our first Library card. I think that’s the day I fell in love with books. There were so many books to choose from, it took me forever to decide what to check out that first time. I checked out so many, but it was the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries series that I fell in love with and that was then they were still being written. I devoured those books – maybe that’s why I am so into suspense and thriller novels today; I love a good mystery and conspiracy theory!
Tim Wolf, buyer/manufacturing – My dad would read to my brother all the time; my brother has a learning disability and struggles with reading to this day. Most of the time when my dad would read to my brother, I would walk into the room and sit down to listen. I sometimes even chose this over playing a video game. It didn’t really matter if it was a history book or a novel, I just enjoyed the way the book came to life as it was read aloud. This is one of my favorite things about books: they can transport you to a place and time that you have not experienced, but by reading you can gain the knowledge and insight of others.
Amie Carlson, product manager – Every Monday of the summer, my mom would take my brother and me to the library. It was my favorite day of the week because I loved to read. I read really fast so I would bring a large box to the library and fill it to the brim with books. I would go home and take the folding lawn chair out to the backyard. I would fold the sides up on the chair so it would form a little triangle, then I would climb inside and read for hours. It was my own little private clubhouse. One summer, I made it my goal to read through the entire juvenile fiction section. I remember making it at least through Lucy Maud Montgomery that summer; she is still my favorite author.
Christine Showalter, contracts manager – Growing up I loved reading the series of books that were part of the Sesame Street Book Club. Some of my favorites were Don’t Forget the Oatmeal! and Twiddlebugs at Work. Now I get to relive those great memories as I read them to my own kids!
Katara Patton, acquisitions – I still remember that day in 3rd grade that I got to choose two books from the Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) book program. I was so excited to be able to pick two books that I could keep as my very own. One was a cookbook and I ran home to ask mom if I could make French toast for the family. The saying (and program)—Reading is Fundamental—has stuck with me since then.
Got a favorite memory? We’d love to hear about it.