I fell in love with reading as a child. My parents had an extensive library at home and I read every book we had several times. When I got bored I would read the series of encyclopedia's and sometimes even the dictionary just for something new. I lived in rural Alberta and the nearest public library was a half hour away and so the only access I had to new books was at school. We had a great school librarian and I used to take home an incredible number of books and still sneak into the library at lunch to get more! I don't advocate this but I almost failed grade six because I was reading instead of paying attention. I would hide my books inside my text book.
One of the stories I tell my children is the time I brought a library book home during the flood of 1993. The highway in front of our rural home was under construction and we had to walk a great distance through the rain and mud to our home because the bus couldnt get through. One day I was in a hurry to get home to read my brand new library book and I was clutching it like a mother would clutch a newborn. I got stuck in the mud and in my efforts to get free I dropped my book in the mud and ruined it. I started to cry not because I wrecked the book but because now I couldn't read it!! My kids always laugh about that story and ask me to tell it at bedtime.
I have always read to my children since they were small and we love reading stories. We love to not only read picture books but also listen to Audio books and great story tellers like Stuart Maclean. I am so greatful to Nose Creek for their focus on literacy because it has really helped to take the love my children already have for books and make it blossom into what I hope will be a lifelong passion.
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