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15 June 2017 @ 09:30 pm
Big Sisters Are Best!  
I got my love of reading from a few different sources. One is my mother. Did you know that she started reading The Chronicles of Narnia to me when I was 4? The series is still in my top favorite books of all time.

I also got a love of reading from my sister. I read way above my age level, so she was always loaning and reccing me books. When I was in the 4th grade she told me to get The Outsiders and Lord of the Flies. In the school library, I couldn't find them, so I asked the librarian. She told me that they were in the high school section and I wasn't allowed to read them. So my sister went to the school library the next day and checked them out under her name and gave them to me to read. Those books may have had material I should not have been reading at that age, lol, but they are both still big favorites of mine.

Also, as it turns out, she read to me when I was too little to do so. At least, that is the evidence we found when we came across these pictures recently! (apologies to my big brother for not bothering to crop him out, ssshhh he'll never know).




There are a million and one reasons I love my big sister, but instilling a love of reading in me is definitely one! Happy Birthday, Sis! I Love You!

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lindahoyland: Gingerboyslindahoyland on June 16th, 2017 01:53 am (UTC)
Adorable photos.
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 10:27 pm (UTC)
Adorable photos.

Thanks! We were pretty cute kids, weren't we?
Shireboundshirebound on June 16th, 2017 02:00 am (UTC)
Hooray for big sisters who give the gift of loving books! That's the bestest giftie. Please convey my happiest of happy birthdays to ever-wonderful and much-loved baylorsr!

Such adorable pics!
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 10:29 pm (UTC)
Hooray for big sisters who give the gift of loving books! That's the bestest giftie.

It really is! And having someone while I was growing up that I could always talk books with was a great blessing.

Please convey my happiest of happy birthdays to ever-wonderful and much-loved baylorsr!

I, of course, did!

Such adorable pics!

Thank you! They are very 70's photos, but we were super cute kids!
Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on June 16th, 2017 05:09 am (UTC)
My mom taught me to read when I was four and it was the best gift she ever gave me.

Happy birthday to your wonderful Sis!
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 10:31 pm (UTC)
My mom taught me to read when I was four and it was the best gift she ever gave me.

I honestly think it is one of those early things we can absorb that can change our lives forever. Good on your mom!

I didn't start earlier than anyone else, but once I started reading, I surpassed all the reading marks very quickly. Unlike my sis, who started reading at age 3. Mom couldn't believe it when she caught her doing it!
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on June 16th, 2017 12:38 pm (UTC)
Happy Birthday to your sister!

Hahahaha, the books thing, I used to do that for my younger sister.

Plus, when I was in college, I frequently sent her some books for her book requirement reading (she was in high school.) Like I sent her "Bless Me Ultima", "Ceremony" by Leslie Marmon Silko, and "Woman Warrior" by Maxine Hong Kingston.

What was really interesting was that her English teacher had never heard of those writers, and had to go read them, of course. Next thing, he was adding those writers and some other minority writers to their suggested reading list.

She introduced me to Denise Chavez "the Menu Girls" and Sandra Ciceneros, "House on Mango Street".
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 10:40 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, the books thing, I used to do that for my younger sister.

Good for you! I mean, yes, my sister introduced me to books I maybe wasn't quite mature enough for, even if I was at their reading level (but to be fair, my older brother made this same mistake a few times with movies he had me watch - no 11year old should be watching Wes Craven's The Hills have Eyes!). But it was worth it! I was so bored reading the elementary school section of books, I could read one in a single day. I needed the challenge!

What was really interesting was that her English teacher had never heard of those writers, and had to go read them, of course. Next thing, he was adding those writers and some other minority writers to their suggested reading list.

That's fantastic! I never had that happen - I did stump my freshman year English teacher with a debate in Greek mythology, which I was hugely into back then. She thought she knew more than me, ha! And I remember getting called out in 7th grade for doodling during English class when we were reading The Outsiders out loud (the kids taking turns reading). When the teacher asked me if I was having trouble with the book, didn't like it, was I not feeling well, I was like, "Um , no, this is my second favorite book of all time. I read it in the 4th grade. I've read it like nine times now. It's terrible listening to it be read out loud like this. It's butchering." She didn't like that answer!
bugeyedmonsterbugeyedmonster on January 12th, 2018 05:06 am (UTC)
Re; my sister's English teacher... I think it was just that this was in the 90s, so maybe he had not heard of them, plus that he was a white conservative Christian male who probably didn't go outside his 'bubble' much. But at least he was open to reading stuff he had not seen or heard of, and was good at adding it to recommended reading after.

Re; reading out loud... OMG that was my problem too! Some kids are just terrible at reading out loud, they can't do it with any expression, they sound like robots, or they stutter....

If a teacher really wants bits read out loud, teacher needs to ask for volunteers, who know the book, and are good at sounding more like they're auditioning for a part in a film on the book. I had ONE teacher who used to do that, and while she routinely called the same kids, they were just great at reading aloud. It was like they were trying to act out what they were reading.
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 13th, 2018 10:24 pm (UTC)
If a teacher really wants bits read out loud, teacher needs to ask for volunteers,

Yes! Or just do the reading themselves, an English teacher should be able to read aloud. And if they are worried about the kids not paying attention/having their mind wander, they should stop every few pages and engage the kids in conversation.
crucis01crucis01 on June 16th, 2017 03:25 pm (UTC)
I credit a late brother-in-law. I didn't read much, then one day he handed me a book and asked me to read it. I did and books became my best friends. It was a sci fi book and I've loved sci fi, fantasy, horror ever since. Thanks Donnie, you are sorely missed!

Edited at 2017-06-16 03:25 pm (UTC)
dodger_sister: siblingsdodger_sister on January 5th, 2018 10:41 pm (UTC)
I credit a late brother-in-law. I didn't read much, then one day he handed me a book and asked me to read it. I did and books became my best friends. It was a sci fi book and I've loved sci fi, fantasy, horror ever since. Thanks Donnie, you are sorely missed!

Oh that's wonderful! Finding it later in life is just as important. Some people just don't click with reading when they are kids. But falling in love with books at any age is amazing. And what a great thing you can attribute to someone you loved and lost! <3