My love of books started very young. I'm not sure of my exact age, but one of the first was a very large picture book. They were called My Big Little Golden Books and measured about 12 by 9 inches. Mine was called Wonders of Nature and I loved it. The illustrations were by Eloise Wilkin, and they were beautiful.
This was the beginning of my love affair with books and art. Over the years, I've read hundreds of books. When my grandpa couldn't get me to the library, I would pick up the Childcraft Encyclopedias. I read them from cover to cover. I loved reading so much, I read about subjects I wasn't naturally drawn to, such as science. When I'd exhausted all of my books, and my sister's, I started reading books from my grandparents shelves. This was everything from Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin to The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Then I moved on to magazines. We always had Better Homes & Gardens, Readers Digest, and National Geographic.
Stories opened a new world for me. One of travel, adventure, and imagination. These days I spend much of my reading time online, visiting other bloggers, and continuing my happy journey with the written word.