Every night before bed my dad would read to us. As I said, we were young, yet he did not read books that were at our "level" to us. He would read the classics at the time with expression and passion. He would pause and talk and answer our questions and explain what he understood about the book and what he was thinking about as he read. The books he read to us are still on my list of favorite books of all time. The Secret Garden and The Little Princess, by Francis Hodgson Burnett and Just So Stories, written by Rudyard Kipling were three of the books he read to us and that I continue to love to this day.
I'm not sure if he understood what he was doing, but he instilled in me a love of lifelong reading and learning.
Lately, I've been thinking a lot about reading. I love to read and must admit that I'm a bit of a book hoarder. My dream house would have one of those huge libraries that has a ladder with wheels to help access all the books! The questions I've been thinking about is why? Why do I love books so much? How do I replicate and share that love of books with my students? How do I instill that love of lifelong reading and learning?
One of the answers, for me, is my dad. He shared with me his love of reading and his love for me.