April 2016

Reading Rainbow Says, Time to Revisit Your First Bookish Love


Hello Fellow Readers!

Are you ready for 24 hours of reading? Do you have your stack of books ready and waiting? I know I do. But before we jump into the Readathon this Saturday, I want to talk to you a little bit about love. Book-love.

Do you remember the first moment (or the book, or the year) when you fell in love with reading? Some of you Readathonners may have come to it later in life, but I’m guessing that for most of us it happened in childhood. Maybe it was Dr. Seuss or Little Critter who was your first love, or it might have been Laura Ingalls or Harry Potter if you were a bit older. Whenever it happened, somewhere along the way you opened a book and within its pages you experienced something magical.

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For many of us, that first flush of book-love was one of the most formative moments in our lives. Suddenly we were free in a universe full of wonder. We may have been poor, or shy, or unpopular, but with books we could be heroes, detectives, and dragon-riders. Through books we could travel the world, visit other planets, go back in time. As we here at Reading Rainbow like to say, with books you could “Go Anywhere, Be Anything!” Real life may have seemed boring and uninspired, but books taught us to look beyond the surface of life, and showed us that the world was actually full of wonder and possibility, if we only had the eyes to see it. We soon learned that being a book-lover made us different from other people; books woke us up.

This Saturday, I urge you to tap into that wonder and possibility once again. Find the first book (or books) that set you on the path to being book-lover and add it to your readathon pile. When the day starts to feel long, or if (heaven forbid!) you begin to feel burnt out on reading, grab your first bookish love and reawaken the young bookworm inside yourself. Wash the years from your grown-up eyes and let yourself be transported back in time (as books so often do) to commune with your younger self. Rediscover the wonder of that first flush of book-love that woke you up to the magic in everyday life.

If you are a parent in the process of raising young book-lovers this can be the perfect opportunity to read with your kids, to introduce them to a little piece of your childhood, and have them participate in their very first (hopefully of many) Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon!

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I’ll be revisiting two of my first bookish loves: The Berenstain Bears and The Girl with the Silver Eyes. What were your first bookish loves? Comment or send us a tweet at @ReadingRainbow. We want to know what you’re reading, and we’ll be cheering you on the whole way!

And if you need a little help going back to childhood, we have just the thing:

Happy Reading!


Jenni-Headshot-2About Reading Rainbow: For 30 years, Reading Rainbow has been inspiring children to read, first with the award-winning PBS TV show and now with Skybrary, a digital library of quality children’s books and video field trips, available online or on select devices, with subscriptions available for families or for schools. Try Reading Rainbow Skybrary FREE, or learn more about all of Reading Rainbow’s Digital products at www.readingrainbow.com

As the Reading Rainbow Mom, Jenni Buchanan enjoys encouraging readers of ALL ages to believe that they can “go anywhere, be anything.” See more of Jenni’s blogs and tips for parents about children’s books and reading on the Reading Rainbow Blog, or follow her on Twitter at @JenniBuchanan.

6 thoughts on “Reading Rainbow Says, Time to Revisit Your First Bookish Love”

  1. I was reading before I could remember but I very specifically remember the night when, after my dad had finished reading out loud to us, I grabbed the book and kept going. And neither my mom or my dad made me go to bed. They just let me have at it. It was “On The Banks Of Plum Creek” by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I was about six or seven. And I haven’t looked back since.

    My son, who just turned seven, is also a reader, and will be doing the Readathon with me. I did my first one last April by myself, and I highly encourage people to get their reader kids involved. Sam LOVES it and has been counting down the days for a month 🙂

    And for those people who don’t have kids who read (like my youngest daughter) she loved that I took a break from my reading and read about ten books out loud to her.

  2. I’m actually re-reading all of my childhood favorites this year, to see how they resonate with me as an adult. I’ve already finished The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (which I loved just as much now as I did then) and The Giver. My two oldest are finally getting old enough for small chapter books. We read book 1 of The Boxcar Children and we all loved it. Nancy Drew is next!!

  3. The Berenstain Bears were my favorite books when I was very young, then I discovered Roald Dahl! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Witches were frequently borrowed from the library, and are in my collection now. After that it was the Ramona Quimby books. Just thinking of these again makes me smile 🙂

  4. The Nancy Drew series was what got me hooked on reading! I was planning on making a trip to Half Price sometime tomorrow for a change of scenery and a cup or two of coffee so maybe I’ll check and see what I can find and reread it.

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