"How did you get into reading? When and how/why did you really become a reader?"
It seems reading and libraries have always been a passion of mine. In fact, thinking on it, I can't believe I did not become a librarian or book store owner. My earliest remembrances of reading were the Little Golden Books. I remember having several of them and sitting looking at all their cute pictures before the letters made words for me. I still remember getting my very first library card and "signing" my name on that yellow card. I was so proud of that thing and used it as often as my mom would take me. If I had to pinpoint a time that I "became" a reader, I think it would have to be getting that card. It opened up a whole new world to me. I didn't just have to look at the few books we had at home, but now there was a seemingly limitless amount I had access to. I couldn't get enough.
In elementary school was when reading was really established as a lifelong love for me. I loved library time and my reading interests were varied with everything from picture books to comics. Around grade 5 I started to volunteer to help the librarian at school. I quickly learned how to shelve the books according to the Dewey Decimal numbers and I spent many a happy recess and lunch hour pouring over all the books as I shelved them. The problem was just choosing one or two when it came time to take them out. Little House on the Prairie was a favorite as was a story about a girl named Jessica that I just can't remember the title of now for the life of me.
I think about grade 6 was when the "series" bug bit me and I found the Donna Parker and Trixie Belden books. I spent every penny I had at the small department store in town on them and was so happy when I had the whole collections. I read them over and over again. I don't know whatever happened to those and was really sad when I didn't have them to give to my girls when they hit that age.
What spurred you guys on to become a reader?