Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.
This week, I am featuring:
by: Carolyn Keene
When I was four, I was tired of waiting for my parents to be free so they could read to me. I wanted to have that power for myself. So, I marched into my mom’s office and asked her to teach me to read. I’m pretty sure I shocked my mom — pretty sure she wanted to laugh. But, she spent a few minutes explaining the finer points to reading. What she explained was enough. I was able to get through my first picture book relatively unscathed. To say I became an avid reader at 4 would be an understatement.
But then I hit 9. I stopped reading. In the 4th grade, I had a MEAN teacher named Mrs. Fox. She wouldn’t let me choose the book I wanted to read for free-read time. She wanted me to choose the chapter books OK’d for the 4th grade. Those chapter books were lame, and something I mastered by the 1st grade.
Over the Christmas break in 1990, my family made the trek to Northern California to visit my favorite aunt and cousins. My mom was especially discouraged on the drive up to my aunt’s house because I was listless and bored. She asked why I was without a book. I told her that reading is boring. She about fell out of her chair. I was the kid who always had a book with her. She asked why I found reading boring, so I told her about Mrs. Fox’s book rule. My mom was MAD! She took me to a bookstore and bought me a copy of the Nancy Drew pictured above. She told me that I could totally hate reading if I wanted to, but I needed to read this book first. I told her I would, but didn’t think my situation would change. Silly me! I read this Nancy Drew cover to cover in one night. The next day, my mom bought me a few more as my Christmas present, and my avid reader status was back.
To this day, I refuse to force a kid into a book just because they are at a certain reading level. If a kid wants to read a certain book, and it is appropriate, I let the kid read the book. If he or she struggles, I HELP them. I don’t make them feel less because they may not know a word or two. My goal is to make avid readers out of kids just like my mom did when I was 9. I want kids to find their “Nancy Drew” novel — that book that gets them to fall in love with reading.
Do you have a “Nancy Drew” novel?
About The Book (pictured)
When Dan Wildman, one of River Heights’s hottest rock ’n’ roll DJs, is kidnapped, Nancy Drew is on the case!
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!
Share a book you’ve read in the past and explain briefly why it’s so memorable to you in the comments below.
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