I FIRST learnt to read at the age of five and I have loved it ever since.
I love the feeling of opening a new book, feeling the roughened paper beneath my fingertips, running my fingers over the black writing and inhaling the wonderful smell. When I start reading the words the author has so wonderfully crafted into a beautiful story, I am immediately transferred to a new world.
I can travel to the US, China, Egypt or even a town in South Africa, by merely opening a book. It’s the cheapest way of transportation – and the most magical one yet!
I have grown up in a house filled with books. My parents always had a book in their hands and it wasn’t long until I did too.
My earliest memory of reading was when I was being taught to do so in my Grade R class. There were different levels of books and I remember how proud I was whenever I got upgraded to reading the harder ones, with more sentences and more difficult words. Soon I was an avid reader.
Some of my favourite memories are of my parents and me going to the local library. I was about six years old when I got my library card and I was so excited. I would wander around the children’s section, trailing my fingers across the spines of books.
The library is my second home. I love that there are books all around me, all these amazing worlds and stories just waiting to be discovered. Anyone of any age will find something to read there, and it’s free.
Reading is so important in our lives. I am saddened when I think of all those children who are not able to read. I hope that one day I can help those who can’t.
When you read, you’re constantly learning and discovering new things, whether it is about what happened hundreds of years ago or currently.
If your child reads, he or she will become knowledgeable and develop an open mind while learning how to connect with people in all situations.
As the famous quote says: “Everyone is a reader, but not everyone has found their favourite book yet.” There is a book out there for all of us!
ýKyra Morris is a 15-year-old South African who is passionate about books. She blogs about them on www.blogofabookaholic. blogspot.com
Being told stories and read to helps children develop the rich storehouse of language, grammar and vocabulary they need to bring to texts when learning to read and write.
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– Kyra Morris