Who helped you fall in love with reading and how?
Rosemary Driscoll
Rosemary Driscoll
Parkside Elementary School Parkside Elementary School
Summerside, PE Summerside, PE

My parents helped me fall in with reading. My life-long love of books began as a pre-schooler cuddled up next to my mom on the couch in the livingroom every day after lunch, and after my older siblings had gone back to school for the afternoon. This was a special, quiet time with my mother. We didn't have a lot of books, but I delighted in hearing the same ones over and over. In regular rotation were realistic stories like Grandpa's Wonderful Glass, The Big Red Apple, and The Magic Clothes Basket. But, my absolute favourites were the fanciful stories A Visit to Flower-land, The Magic Hats, and the one I considered to be the best book ever: Little Rabbit's Bath.

Once I began school, my dad took over reading with me. He listened to me as I struggled to read the books my teachers sent home with me in Grade 1 and he read to me at bedtime. I looked forward to sleepily lying back in bed each night listening to my dad read Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series, Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Enid Blyton's Adventure series. And because my dad seemed to enjoy it so much, from time to time I would borrow from my school library or the Provincial Library, Maurice Sendak's Higglety Piggelty Pop! or There Must Be More to Life. I can still hear him mimicking the baby in the story saying, "NO EAT!"

From those early years becoming lost in stories as my parents read to me at home, to working full-time in a bookstore, to becoming a teacher-librarian, books have always been a part of my life. Thanks Mom and Dad for sharing your love of books and reading with me.

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1st Prince Edward Island

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