5-Image Story

Reading has been a very rocky road in my life. I went through phases were I loved reading and others where you would never see me with a book. My journey as a reader started at a very young age.

It was only my mom and I while I was growing up, and some of my first memories are her reading to me. My mom read me everything from Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel to biology textbooks she had to read for her classes. She instilled a love of reading by reading aloud to me almost every day. Listening to my mother read was a fun, entertaining adventure. I created fabulous worlds in my heads bringing just words to life. As I read stories aloud today, I still hear her inflections, pauses, and dramatic voices.

Although I had already been read chemistry textbooks to Shakespeare, I loved picture books when I was younger, and they remain a favorite. They brought the words to life in a way mom’s textbooks could not. Books like Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat, The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone and Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss shaped the imagination I have today. Being able to see the worlds I would create in my head come to life on the page was fascinating!

My reading world expanded upon discovering the comedic Amelia Bedelia book series by Peggy Parish. Reading stories about Amelia Rogers repeatedly taking commands to literal and inevitably messing up was truly enlightening. In the end, she always won over her employer by simply making a delicious baked good. From drawing the drapes to dressing the chicken, Amelia’s character throughout the book series kept me engaged in reading through comedy and utter goofiness.

Photo of Kit Kat

Wedging myself between the couch and the wall, covering myself with a fuzzy blanket, and creating a warm cocoon with the heater vent to read collections of inspirational and motivational stories developed a new addiction in my reading journey. What could a young 11 year old have started reading to foster a love in motivational books? Why only Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen. Before I started reading these books, my love for reading had started to diminish due to a teacher I had in Elementary school. I was unmotivated to do much of anything related to school. These books reignited my love for reading and brought me back into the wonderful world of literacy.

Photo of my mom and I courtesy of Ludwig Studio 2000

There are at least 50 other stories about books and reading that helped me realize my love for reading, but I do not have time to tell them all. My final story is actually my more recent realization of my love for reading. Last semester, I was able to take a course on Young Adult Literature. I love books where I am able to see the story in my head, and these books showed me this was still possible. I had been focusing so much on studying textbooks that I lost my love for stories. That course helped me discover my passion for literature still exists. Reading is so important. I want to be able to help others discover new worlds through literature like my mom taught me.

8 thoughts on “5-Image Story

  1. Destiny,
    My mom also read the Frog and Toad books to me when I was little! She would use funny voices too. It’s awesome that you love to read. I like how you mentioned being able to see the story in your head because I like to do the same. I need a quiet place to read where I can get lost in the book and tell the story in my head. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Avery!
      That’s awesome that our moms read the Frog and Toad books to both of us! I LOVED those books and my mom always tells me that she got so sick of reading them because all I ever wanted to hear were the Frog and Toad books and The Hobbit.

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  2. Destiny,
    This is a great post! I loved the stories you told, and I hope that your background knowledge of biology ended up helping you in school. It’s great that you got your love for reading back and I hope it doesn’t leave again.

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  3. Wow I had so many flashbacks to my childhood after seeing the cover to the “The Monster at The End of This Book”. Growing up that was one of my favorite books and now I am going to have to go search my parents house for it next time I am there. But it is so nice to hear that you and your mom used to spend time reading together. Those are memories that people never forget.

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  4. Chicken Soup for the Soul is the best! I too went through a phase that I didn’t want to read, but because I didn’t know what to read. These books were great! I love inspirational books especially Girl Wash Your Face. So good! Anyway I am glad you have found your love for reading again! Children’s books are some of the greatest! They are all different and some have some very valuable lessons in them!

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