Growing up, I wasn’t always into school, but I’ve ALWAYS been into reading. I first learned how to read with BOB Books and from there I would devour any book I could get my hands on. Many of the books I loved are ones that kids still enjoy today! I grew into a reader through books like: Captain Underpants, the Goosebumps series, different fairy tale picture books (such as Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky), and the Sammy Keyes series. I specifically remember when I was 7-years-old and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out. I cherished the times when my mom would read that book to me before bed.
Even though I’m technically an adult in age now, my reading choices vary from read-aloud or SING-aloud picture books, nonfiction picture books, interactive and noisy picture books to Elephant and Piggie-like early readers, spooky elementary and middle grade reads, Vampire Academy/The Hunger Games teen readalikes, all the way up to one of my favorite genres: Realistic Teen Fiction (Imagine this very real scenario: Miss Julia weeping in public while reading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.). I also really enjoy listening to audiobooks (of all varieties) on my long commutes to and from the Library or during long walks/runs in my neighborhood. So, if you’re looking for recommendations for you or your little one – I can help you out!
Author Rae Carson tweeted in 2013, “Never let someone make you ashamed of what you love to read.” As a librarian and avid reader, what I hope to get across most is this: Read what you want. It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still enjoy picture books, early readers, children’s fiction, etc. In fact, books written with children in mind often have hidden jokes, deeper meanings, and are extremely well-written, and you can share the joy of them with young ones in your life. No book is too young or too easy for you or for a child in your life. Books don’t have an age – so read what you love, no matter what that may be.