My mother was instrumental in helping me fall in love with reading. I remember her reading to me before bedtime and modeling the love of reading by reading regularly herself. As I got older, she took me to the library and pointed out her favourite books. She bought me classics for birthdays and Christmas presents. As a teen I would trade novels with her, my grandma and my aunts. They would always engage in conversation afterwards. My mom never spoke down to me about my reading, but rather valued my opinion and thoughts about books. I am working to instill the same love in my own children that my mom did for me.