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Old 01-09-2013, 05:41 PM   #16
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My mother used to read to us when we were little. Had several brothers and sisters and I think she used it to keep us quiet. mmm that was before TV. Guess I learned the love of reading from that. My father used to read also. I read many a western because that was what was around.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:43 PM   #17
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My mom taught me how to read. I was about 3 years old. For as long as I can remember I've read to escape the reality around me. Still do to this day and I don't think that will ever change for me.
I have a similar story to you Pookeysgirl. My mom read to me when I was very little and when I was about 3 yrs old she took me to the library and got me a library card. I still couldn't really read at that age but I was able to pick out what I wanted her to read to me. I drove her crazy with Dr. Seuss books for a while after that.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:50 PM   #18
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My mother once said she thought I must've been born with a book in my hands. Only reader in the family, but time outs never affected me as I always had a book hidden somewhere in my room.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #19
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My sister is six or seven years older than me, and is an elemental force of reading. My earliest memories are of her reading Trixie Beldon books to me.

I consider this to be the biggest favor anybody has ever done me. I cannot imagine what it's like to not read.
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Old 01-09-2013, 05:57 PM   #20
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I'm another one who can't remember ever not reading. I don't think either of my parents really ever read to me, although they were big readers. My house was always full of books--on shelves, on tables, stacked in piles on the floor...they were just a part of life. I do remember that on my second day of Kindergarten the teacher was reading a book to us, and skipped some words on a page. I corrected her, and read the page back to her as it should have been read. That was my last day in Kindergarten--my parents were called, and I was moved into first grade the next day. Now schools recommend a child for special education if they can't at least recognize a few words in Kindergarten...how far we've come in 40 years!

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #21
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I was 4 years old when we moved to Philly. The corner grocery had a box of cover-free used comic books. I had a choice of spending my candy money on comics or bubble gum. The comics lasted longer. Some of the stories are still with me. It helped that a lot of them were LEGION of SUPER-Heroes from the Edmund Hamilton and Otto Binder era.

Once I got hooked, I read everything I got close to. Fiction, non-fiction, references, news. World Almanacs (cover to cover), encyclopedias, and old books wherever I found them. Not always at the library. One of the neighborhood kids had old LONE RANGER books (text, not comics) at which point I caught on: TV and movies came from books. From there it was just a jump to Jules Verne and other adventure classics.

By the time I was 14 I discovered the Science Fiction Book club and got a quick education in the genre (courtesy of the Science Fiction Hall of fame Volume 1, Foundation Trilogy, and Stranger in a Strange land) followed by Princess Of Mars and the entire ERB paperback catalog from ACE and Ballantine. Some summers I racked up two books in one day.

Looking back, I was just lucky to run into the right material at the right age.

Anyway, in my case at least I know the afinity is genetic and comes from both sides of the family. When I first visited a paternal uncle I'd never met (in my 20's) I found a loaded bookshelf full of books I was familiar with. My siblings read, my mother reads non-stop, and most of my cousins. Doesn't mean everybody reads SF but the smarter ones do.

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:21 PM   #22
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My father was a big reader, and I guess I got the habit from him. Loved to read as a child and it has stuck with me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:24 PM   #23
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Great topic.

I don't really remember, myself. Apparently I always liked to be read to, was very keen to be able to read myself, and was most disgusted after my first day at school (kindergarten?) that I couldn't read yet.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:48 PM   #24
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In the generation before the Internet, even before video games, when there were only two TV stations without cable, the public library offered a world of choices. I loved trips to the library and once I was old enough I spent whole days there. I'm surprised kids become readers today.
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #25
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My mother attests to having read Little Golden books to me every day from the day that she took me home from hospital until the day that I came home from my first day of preschool / pre-k, and she decided that I was now going to read to her.

My mother actively encouraged the habit all through my childhood, and would take me to the library twice a week until we moved to a remote location without an accessible library - of course, we moved before I started secondary college (grades 7 - 12), so she was encouraging me to read as much as I could in my school's library. I recall finishing the fiction section in year 10.

So my mother was definitive the driving force behind my desire to read, as she was reading to me long before I could comprehend words as anything other than random sound. She still encourages the habit, buying me Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia gift cards at any gifting occasion - which I'm all too happy to encourage!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:50 PM   #26
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:53 PM   #27
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Grew up on a farm, rural area, limited tv (one station) - mother was a reader -- that's probably what started it, I also figured it was my way out of that life. I read the Childrens World Book Encyclopedias and the Dictionary. Also we had a lot of Readers Digest Condensed Books. At some point pre-teen I came across a copy (apparently a purchase by my mother) of Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs with a half-naked babe on the cover and WOW!
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I grew up a reader. It was my mom (single parent) that encouraged me. Heck, I remember reading the Dick & Jane books in school. My mother subscribed me to The Weekly Reader. Growing up in Philadelphia I had access to a great library system and would take 5 or 6 books out at a time and read them all within a week or two and go get some more.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:28 PM   #29
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Gosh - I can't ever remember not reading. I taught myself to read before kindergarten, and was the classic "read under the sheets with a flashlight" kid. I wanted to be anywhere but where I was (horrible childhood, lousy family, etc.) Reading probably saved my life - reading about different people, lives, situations gave me hope of finding a better personal situation than the one I was in.

Our small town had a bookmobile - and a very kind librarian - who allowed me into the adult section long before I could reach the shelves. And there was a second grade teacher (Miss Kettner) who personally encouraged me to read. My budget always provided for books before food. The only expenditure I placed above books occurred when cats moved in with me: pet needs > books > food. I carry books everywhere.

And now I can't ever imagine not reading. E-readers allow me NEVER to run out of reading material.

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Grew up on a farm, rural area, limited tv (one station) - mother was a reader -- that's probably what started it, I also figured it was my way out of that life. I read the Childrens World Book Encyclopedias and the Dictionary. Also we had a lot of Readers Digest Condensed Books. At some point pre-teen I came across a copy (apparently a purchase by my mother) of Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs with a half-naked babe on the cover and WOW!
You ever see the Frazetta interior art for the Book club edition of Princess of Mars? There's *two* reasons I tracked down all the Burroughs books.
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