Posted on September 29, 2010
Were You Raised A Reader?
As a child, there was no scent as intoxicating as that of old and well-loved books at the Comox library. There were were a few favourites that I would read over and over again – such as The Balloon Tree by Phoebe Gilman – but there was never a book I’d turn away. For as long as I can remember, my mom instilled in me a love of reading, an appreciation that I’ll forever be grateful for.
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Even 20 years later, no electronic reading device can replace the sensation of a perfectly worn book in my hands. While I’ve certainly graduated from Gilman to the likes of Hemingway and Burgess, my love of reading is much the same.
Each September, Raise-A-Reader Day campaigns to promote literacy in British Columbia while raising funds to ensure that every child in our province has a strong start. The first year I lived in Vancouver, I was practically accosted by Premier Campbell and left flustered and embarrassed because I had no cash on me to donate. Since then, I’ve proudly supported this fundamental cause (and made sure I always carry cash on Raise-A-Reader Day).
To help celebrate this annual event, you tell me:
What were your favourite books as a child?
What are your favourite books today?