Q: What were some of the most memorable books you read as a child? What made them memorable? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
A: My mom is blind, so she couldn’t read books the same way that most parents do. Instead, she would make up stories for us full of crazy mixed up fairy tales. The books that made an impact on me as a kid are from around Grade 5 and up, because I chose them for myself and read them over and over again.
The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop – When I was in grade 5 my parents agreed to sign me up for a monthly book subscription, and it was one of the best things ever. This was one of the first books I got and it ignited my love of fantasy stories. I read it over and over again, and used it as a tool to teach reluctant readers… it is just a special book that will always be with me.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – This book was a game changer for me because I really didn’t understand WWII until I read this book. It was assigned to me by an amazing teacher in middle school who saw how desperate I was to learn and grow, and he challenged me to read things that I wasn’t familiar with, to learn things about the world.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare – I was really interested in witchcraft as a kid, so I got this book because of the title. Little did I know that this would be my introduction to learning that there are different types of Christianity, that people within and how intolerance can be found even in affects people.
Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt – This was another book given to me by my seventh grade teacher, and it made me feel less alone than any other book I had ever read. Dicey’s family is poor, and it sets her apart from the other kids in her school. It really resonated with me because we were not well-off, and her fierce determination to keep her family together during tough times was what I needed at the time.
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