Since this is my first discussion post on this blog, I thought, why not write about my memory of my first book. This is mostly a trip down memory lane for me but the day I learned to read and found my favorite books (of the time) seems like it’s just yesterday.
I remember one day when I was in kindergarten and all the other kids all already knew how to read and the teacher was trying extra hard trying to teach me how to read. No matter what my teacher tried, the words on the page were all so foreign to me. The pictures were also just a huge blur of colors. Then when I went home that same day, my mom brought me these really thin chapter books and started reading them to me. The books were Junie B. Jones and I immediately fell in love with her. She had so much in common with me and it was in that second that all the words on the page became sharper and I understood what the letters and words meant.
Junie B. Jones was my favorite book series up until I was in 5th grade. Of course, I read other books too but Junie B. was my bestest (excuse the grammar) friend that I would ever have. I never had any friends in elementary school so I found books to be my friends. I obtained the entire set of all the books as soon as possible and I would never leave the house without carrying at least 4 or 5 of the books. She wore those iconic purple glasses, which coincidentally, I had glasses the same color; she was short and so was I; one of her classmates were mean to her and I had a classmate who didn’t like me very much either. She was the type of girl who got into boatloads of trouble, something that I would never attempt. I was more of the goody-two-shoes of my classes so Junie B. brought out the daring and more aggressive side in me. Junie B is the reason I did things in elementary school. She was sassy and (more or less) street smart. She didn’t listen to the rules and instead, made up her own. She was my idol, the person I wanted to grow up being (which is ironic because I was already older than she was).
What I guess I’m trying to say is that reading has become my best friend. I have a couple of questions for y’all. Do you remember reading your first book? Tell me about it in the comments or on social media.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.