Furthermore, she and my dad encouraged us to read on our own as well.
My school teachers and Pizza Hut* also gave us incentives to read Newbery Medal-winning books, which were/are vastly more intellectually-stimulating than the Twilight and Harry Potter books of today.
Here are a couple of my favorite books from elementary school.
As a Boy Scout, I loved reading about a boy being stranded in the wilderness and having to survive on his own. I could just imagine myself in his shoes, and the excitement and fear of such a situation.
Island of the Blue Dolphins
This book captivated me, and I'm pretty sure I used it for book reports in grades 4-6 (recycling is good, right?). Another tale of survival, this one includes facing the elements and nature, as well as invading foreign forces. Learning about and relating to a culture very different from my own also intrigued me.
Now that I've gotten a taste, I think I might have to re-read these again soon.
What were your favorite books from elementary school?
*Remember the program where as you read books you could earn a personal pan pizza? I loved that!