My teachers at school did NOT teach in a way that encouraged me to read, especially by the time I was in middle school and high school. In elementary school, it was great when a teacher would read a wonderful book like Charlotte's Web, or the Insiders a chapter at a time in class. In junior high however (what they called it in my day) we were assigned classics that although may have had literary significance were uninteresting and unappealing! It turned me off to reading. When we were required to go to the school library to find a book to check out, I would always choose books like Henry Huggins, Encyclopedia Brown or the sci-fi adventure books of the Danny Dunn series. I would have preferred to keep reading Dr. Suess, but unfortunately the sophistication of his books at that time were limited to the early learning years. As I got older, I found reading paper books based on famous tv characters like Get Smart's Maxwell Smart, were my staple for enjoyment reading. Now that I have my own child, together we have explored the many literary worlds of characters like Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl. We also really enjoyed Erin Hunter's Warrior series. Reading books no matter what age is an enjoyable adventure of the imagination we look forward to embark on, especially on cold rainy days like today!