Do You Remember When You Learned to Read?

Signature of Harper Lee, taken from First Edit...

“Do you remember when you learned to read, or like me, can you not even remember a time when you didn’t know how?” ~ Harper Lee, in a letter to Oprah Winfrey

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6 thoughts on “Do You Remember When You Learned to Read?

  1. I can remember the struggle of my g’mother teaching me when I was 5 and had missed a little school…. thinking I’d never be able to do it!


  2. I thought I was younger… but my mother found her notes from my childhood the other day and apparently I was 4 or 5. But I learned in Turkish before I learned in English. Feels like I’ve had a book in my hand my entire life. Failing that, the back of a cereal box. Or a magazine. Or a poster at the train station. Or an emergency sign on a wall…


  3. This is absolutely wonderful. It made me think…I remember reading early in life…I don’t remember learning or being taught. For all that my mother & I differed on, she did make sure we had books & I never remember a time when we didn’t go to the library. When I was a little older, mother decided a fitting punishment for me was to take away my books–something I resolved I would never do with my girls or with anyone. In an ironic way, she did me a favor. Without books, my imagination took over, and I started writing my own stories. I just recently bought Lee’s book to re-read. I didn’t realize she wrote only one. Thanks for sharing this!


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