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.
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!
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:
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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.