Posted weekly on Tuesdays, Reading Roots features a variety of book bloggers talking about their early reading influences and experiences, letting us catch a glimpse of the “roots” that each person has built upon in forming their identity as “a reader”.
Today, I’m interviewing Pam from Bookalicio.us. Let’s explore her reading roots!
What is your earliest memory involving books or reading? How were books, reading, and literacy approached in your childhood home? Were your parents or other family members “readers”?
I learned to love reading in first grade when I realized I was pretty darn good at it. I had recently lost my grandma and the librarian at my school said she could be my granny and I spent a lot of time in her library shelving books and reading up until the 5th grade when I left and went to middle school.
My family didn’t read but they encouraged my habits with library visits. It only became a problem when I would skip dinner to read and wouldn’t play outside. So sometimes I had to be physically removed from my books.
Did you enjoy language arts/English classes as a kid, or were you more of a reluctant reader? When did you first consider yourself “a reader”?
I loved English Class, some of my favorite required reading was the Sonnets, The Scarlet Letter, & The Diary of Anne Frank. I think I was considered a reader from the time I learned to read.
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
I have to finish a book even if I do not like it. If I start it I finish it. It’s my own little form of masochism. I think words and books are important and I cherish my books even if I didn’t like them someone somewhere does.
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
I loved reading in my room, or in the forest outside of my grandpa’s farm. It was so quiet and I could completely get lost in my book with no brother or chores or any other distractions.
The Swan Kingdom was a big book for me as a little girl. I over romanticized the poor princes and their sister who had to do so many hard things to turn them back into the handsome men they were!
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
You know I always loved Egypt and Mythology and fantastical fiction and I still love it today. This love for the genre of high concept fiction is what keeps me going back to Young Adult fiction and skipping over a lot of the adult reads. I feel like my reading tastes never ‘grow up’ so to say.
Bonus Literacy Question: If you have children, how did you encourage them (or how are you encouraging them) to become readers? If you do not have children of your own, what do you think is the most important thing to focus on in order to promote reading in the coming generations?
I have a six year old who just finished Kindergarten and a ten month old. I read to them both anytime they ask. Even if I have my hands busy doing something else it can hang for ten minutes while I read through a picture book.
Another thing I do with my six year old is read the hard stuff. The original scary fairy tales like the Grimm tales, I read her Aesop’s Fables and we talk about the lesson we learned. I read her Mark Twain and Laura Ingles and we talk about how things have changed and why we are all equal now. We are big on feeling what we read, whether we felt scared, hopeful, entertained or something else.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Pam as much as I did! If you haven’t read her blog before, I suggest that you go take a look.
See you next week for a look into the “roots” of another fantastic blogger!