In Which My Mom Shares How I Became a Reader [Guest Post]

Today you are all in for a special treat. My mother is here at my books. my life. to share some memories of me as a young reader. My parents encouraged me to read at a very young age and I am forever grateful for that (I genuinely think the jump I had on the other kids in kindergarten kept me on the “advanced” track the rest of my time in school). So without further ado, my mom:

Some of my memories of Michelle as a young girl learning how to read

My first memories are of Michelle wanting to be read to every night before bedtime.  She would pick a book and we would sit in her bed and I would read her the book. Michelle also looked forward to going to the library for story hour and then picking out books to take home. Michelle had quite a collection of books at a very young age.[1]

I remember her kindergarten teacher[2] being impressed with her reading ability and interest in books at such a young age. [3] When she wanted an American girl doll it was based on the books that she read on the doll not on how the doll looked.[4]

I knew that Michelle would grow up to be an avid reader when she was very young because while most kids wanted a toy when they were being rewarded, for Michelle it was a book. That being said it was no surprise to me when she chose to be an attorney.[5] I am also very proud of the young adult that she has become.

Thank you, mom, for sharing your memories with my readers today. And thank you again for nurturing my love of reading.

What is your fondest memory of reading as a child?

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[1] I also had quite the collection of clothes 😉

[2] Mrs. Beiber (no relation to Justin that I am aware of)

[3] That’s why I kept a nightlight long after most kids abandon theirs

[4] I had Molly. Molly was by far the least popular.

[5] If only I could read American Girl books in my old bedroom with my nightlight for a living

[6] I assume she means young adult in the I-am-an-adult-and-also–young-sense and not in the vampire-loving-emo sense

10 thoughts on “In Which My Mom Shares How I Became a Reader [Guest Post]

  1. Jenny June 18, 2010 / 8:45 am

    What a great idea to have your mom guest post! And great post!

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  2. Erin June 18, 2010 / 8:49 am

    This was very cute! I hope that Ava gets an early start to reading also. 🙂

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  3. Bina June 18, 2010 / 9:42 am

    This is so sweet of your mom! 🙂 Sounds like you´ve always been a bookworm.

    I remember being read to before bed, too. I always wanted to sit next to my mother and look at the text, and my brother used to fall asleep a few minutes in while I wouldn´t until my mom told me to 🙂

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  4. Jenn's Bookshelves June 18, 2010 / 10:45 am

    What a great guest post!! My fondest memories of reading include: hiding out in my bedroom, reading, instead of doing chores; spending summers with my grandparents, therefore spending hours in the library where my grandmother worked; listening to the tapes my Mom made of her reading books to me 🙂

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  5. Dominique June 18, 2010 / 11:16 pm

    What a cute post! I’m especially impressed that you used to pick your dolls based on what books you had read. Lol at number 5 and 6 footnotes!

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  6. Kelly June 19, 2010 / 8:18 am

    Great guest post! A lot of that is true for me, too. And if I could get paid for reading, that would be awesome. If I could get paid for reading RL Stine and Christopher Pike, so much the better. 🙂

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  7. Christa June 19, 2010 / 10:40 am

    I actually still have Molly! 🙂

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  8. Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick June 19, 2010 / 2:25 pm

    OMG! Such a cute post!

    I LOVED reading the American Girl Doll stories. I had Kristen and Felicity my sister had Molly. Every time I pass the American Girl Doll store here in NYC it brings back fond memories 🙂

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  9. Vishy June 21, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Lovely post, Michelle! It is a wonderful idea to have to Mom write a guest post. Your Mom’s comment ‘it was no surprise to me when she chose to be an attorney’ makes me think that probably because your work involves a lot of reading, it is probably the closest thing to reading books 🙂 Is that true?

    I loved your footnote on ‘young adult’ 🙂

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  10. Emily June 22, 2010 / 7:46 am

    Extremely cute post! 🙂

    I had Molly too (among a few others – but Molly was my first), and her books were my favorite. I loved her stories. Actually, thinking about them right now makes me want to re-read all 6 Molly books. 🙂

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