I’m talking about the book or books that that made you really click into the whole reading thing.
My mother read to us. Originally I enjoyed Curious George, because he was as nosy as I was. I loved Dr. Seuss because of his wacky imagination and his made up wild and weird words. Frog and Toad had me under a spell too. Then along came Amelia Bedelia and her literal interpretation of everything had me in giggles.
I got a bit older and my mother started to read us longer stories. Then one year for Christmas she bought me the first 3 Bobbsey twins mysteries. They were the precursors to the Nancy Drew and Hardy boys books, and once started, I had my click into the world of books. I didn’t put it into words then, but I loved the mystery, the light thrill of following clues with the characters through tricky situations to the eventual outcome.
After that followed Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, Paddington with his innocent foibles, and I was well and truly hooked.
It didn’t stop at fiction. The How & Why Wonder books, full of interesting illustrated bits of research about rocks and minerals, the sun, or evergreen trees and etc, led me to love learning. They were the precursors to today’s childrens’ Eyewitness books.
And now I’m a writer, trying to capture the magic of those first impressions in books of my own. Wish me luck, and I’ll do the same for you.
Which books clicked you into reading? Why?