I've enjoyed reading ever since I was child. Perhaps my love for reading comes from my parents. They were both school teachers, and the written word was so important to them. Regardless of the reason, many of my favorite memories are the bedtime stories they read to me; and later, all of the books I devoured on my own.
While I have read thousands of books in my over 50 years, there are just a few that stand out from my childhood. These books were my favorites, and I read them until the pages were worn. Looking back on them, I realize that each story had a lesson, and that is in part what made them so enjoyable.