The books that lined our primary school shelves,
Stickered with their reading levels
Like a rainbow ladder leading to the library
Where picture books will fade away
And books with words alone will dominate,
Opening the gates of love, of hate
And every shade of hot emotion
Burned into the page.
When you are at Primary School, here in the UK, we begin our reading journey with books that belong to a series called the Oxford Reading Tree. They are predominately about a family of five who live with their dog Floppy.
I remember the first day that I was allowed to go and pick up the first book and take it home to read to my mum. It was the first book in the series and it was called Kipper’s Party. It was literally the most exciting moment in my life at aged four and a half, and that love for reading has never really left me.
Every step along the way has felt equally as exciting and I still feel sentimental whenever I come across any of those old books from my childhood.
When I was seven I progressed to the ‘real’ books that weren’t full of pictures and it was Charlotte’s Web that catapulted me into this new world. I had to read a section for my SATS when I was in Year 2 and I was hooked so I had a copy bought for me during the summer holidays.
Every so often I stumble across one of these books in the library or a charity shop and it just reminds me of the magic of those early reading days. When I find them my heart actually beats faster and I feel a bit like I’m coming face to face with an old boyfriend who I never really got over.
Here’s to the books that will always have a special place in our lives.