Ask the Readers – First Memory of Reading

A few days ago, I posted a request for you, the reader, to ask some questions. It seems most of the questions are about books. Since this blog does focus on books, reading, and writing, it is kind of appropriate. So, I will be asking and answer the first question now. But before I do, if you have any questions about any topic, please go to the original post linked to above and ask your questions.

The first question was asked by Solveig. Actually, she asked several, so consider this the Solveig phase of Ask the Readers. I will answer the question myself, then it’s your turn. Since this is for the readers, this is for you to answer!

What is your first memory of reading?

What a difficult question to answer. I don’t clearly remember, but there are several instances of reading that I remember in my very young age.

In Kindergarten, I remember Curious George, but the teacher mostly read it to us, even though I had no trouble reading at that age. Other early reading memories are of books about dinosaurs. I was crazy about them, and I still like them.

While I don’t remember this, my mom says that I used to use magnetic letters to spell out words on the blackboard we had in our first house. I was about four years old, and I was spelling and reading by myself without being taught how. It’s not a book, but it is reading.

How about you?

Now it’s your turn. What’s your first memory of reading? Leave your answer in the comments below. Let’s have a great conversation!

16 thoughts on “Ask the Readers – First Memory of Reading”

  1. There really is something appealing about dinosaurs. I was also fascinated by them when I was a kid!

    My mom taught me to read when I was *very* young. So my first memories are of sitting on her lap working through the handmade flash cards she made for me. I also distinctly remember reading Hop on Pop and Go, Dog. Go! to her one day. I know we had pretty much all of the Dr. Seuss books, but those two stand out more to me than others for some reason.

  2. My parents subscribed to a Beginner’s Books series. Two of the earliest books I remember reading were Dr. Suess’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and P.D. Eastman’s “Go, Dog. Go!” They had been published only a few years before I was old enough to read them.

      1. Dr. Suess wrote “Green Eggs and Ham” after being challenged by his publisher, Bennett Cerf, one of the founders of Random House, to write a book that used only 50 different words. It’s why so many English-speaking children read it as one of their first books on their own.

        When my daughters were young, I had Dr. Suess’s “ABC’s” memorized so that I could “read” to them while I was driving and they were in the back seat in their car seats. I can still remember most of it…

  3. I actually remember learning to read and trying to read a lot of things that I couldn’t yet.
    The first thing I remember actually reading was Green Eggs and Ham.

    1. I don’t remember my learning process, as I was already reading very well by 4 years old. I learned when I was around 3, and that’s when memories are extremely fuzzy.

  4. Sorry for being a bit late… But I was in and out of blogland recently.

    Well this way I got to read the other answers 🙂

    I have several memories of reading (being read to, learning reading in school etc.) but I have one which is reading by myself for the first time, without my parents or without the reading being school related. It was in the summer after 1st grade and I had a book about a family that had a mouse in their house they wanted to chase. I just recall that we had not learned all of the letters yet and that some words I had to guess as I could only understand a few letters, but I learnt the missing ones that way too. So even today I sometimes read without reading the whole thing, not a good habit…

    1. You just skip over a lot? I’ve heard some people will skim through a novel without actually reading. They just get the gist of things, rather than fully understanding the story.

      1. no, I sometimes guess a word… I mean I see it’s shape and some letters and then it’s the word. It lets me read things quickly, but when reading out loud as a kid I tended to make so many mistakes. Because I mix up the letters…

        1. Ah right, guessing from context. Totally different than what I was thinking. I do that sometimes, too. When I read Harry Potter, some of the slang I’d never heard of before, and just skipped over it.

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