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 Reeder from Reeder Reads. Let’s explore her reading roots! (aka Reeder’s reading roots – that was so much fun to type!)
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”?
My Mother and Father use to read to my brother and I at the foot of my bed each night before bedtime. I use to love it, not only because it prolonged bedtime, but also because I loved going on a new and exciting adventure each night. My Mother works in publishing so we always had access to really great books and they always surrounded us as children. I learned to love reading by watching my Mom doing it, she reads anywhere and everywhere and always encouraged me to the same.
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 enjoyed English classes growing up. I was way more of a words gal than a math gal. I had a really great book buddy who I read with when I was in grade one. I remember sitting in class and there was a girl sitting in front of me that was a much more advanced reader than I was and I remember being so jealous of her, because I wanted to read as many books as she got to read. She was likely the reason I pushed myself to read new books and go beyond reading the books we were assigned each day. I think the reason I also embraced books so much was because I grew up with them all over our home. When I went to University, I knew that I wanted to work with books in the long term so I studied four year of English in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Did you have any interesting reading habits when you were growing up? Do you still have them now?
I use to read the last chapter of every book before I started it, which is the worst thing in the world to do. However, I wanted to prepare myself for what was to come. As I got older, I realized that it was really spoiling my experience with the book, so I stopped doing it.
Where was your favourite spot to read as a kid? Are there any books you distinctly remember from your childhood? Why?
My favorite spot to read as a child was in my bedroom closet. It was large and obviously meant for shoes and clothes, but I took it all out and put in a camping light, pillows and a blanket and spent a lot of my time reading holed up in there. My first chapter book I read was by Norma Fox Mazer and it was called “B, my name is Bunny”. It was read in my closet.
How have your reading tastes developed from childhood until now? What were the phases that you went through along the way?
I’ve branched out from “B, my name is Bunny” days and I’ve become a huge fan of Canadian literature. Reading stories involving my beautiful country always draws me in right away. As a child/ teenager, I loved young adult fiction as a teenager and I still dabble in reading about first dates, first kisses and sweaty hand holding.
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 think it’s important for people to expose children to libraries. They are a source of information and a lot of my first reading experiences happened because I had great literature at the swipe of a card.
I hope you enjoyed learning about Reeder 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!