As a GenXer in the 1980s, I grew up as a latch-key kid. TV, movies, and video games vied for my siblings and my attention as we ate junk food. Yet, I became a reader at an early age, majored in English post-high school, and became a teacher and writer. Something about my childhood encouraged me to become a life-long reader. What was it?
SCAFFOLDS: A CHILDHOOD MEMOIR OF BOOKS is about the meaningful books I read when I was a kid and teenager. But the key to creating a life-long reader isn’t just with books alone.
SCAFFOLDS is for non-readers, new readers, and kid readers who grew up and never lost their childlike love for good books and good stories. Kids, like me.
And kids, like you.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: A Memoir of Sorts
1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English
2: A Brown Kid on Guam & Three Investigators on the Prairie
3: Movies – the Gateway to Books
4: The Accidental Autodidact, or How to Raise a Nerd
5: When the Reader Wrote
6: The Lewis, the Library & the Dynamic Duo
7: Pa’s Books
8: Portrait of an Anglophile as a Teen Girl
9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books
10: Physicists, Philosophers & Fools for God
11: The Takeaway, or These Go to Eleven
Appendix: My Narnia Short Story