My parents helped me to become an avid reader. So did my older sister. Even in their 80's and 90's, my parents are steady readers still. While growing up, my home was full of books. We had picture books, non-fiction books, magazines and encyclopedias. Friends and family members gave me books for birthday and Christmas presents. When I had a hospital stay in Grade 3 (tonsillectomy), my best friend's mom gave me the 7 or 8 "Hardy Boys" novels that I needed to have to complete the entire set of books. I was constantly encouraged to read to mom and dad. My grandparents were also avid readers. The importance of, and love for books was ingrained right from infancy. Every book my sister had was passed to me when she finished, and vice versa. At age 55, I still read daily for at least a few minutes. I often wake up in the middle of the night to find whatever book I read at bedtime on my chest and the light still on. I am a reader, a teacher and a life-long learner because I was taught to love books!