writing skills, and other aspects of literacy such as musical literacy. Whether it was my parents, teachers, or an institution like school, sponsors of literacy have been veryinfluential in my life.I remember being introduced to books at a very young age. I used to love having bedtime stories read to me as a child. I believe that it is this introduction to the world of reading that sparked my interest in literacy. My parents were, and still are, a sponsor of literacy for me. My dad especially has influenced my love for books of all types. Beingan avid reader himself he introduced me to the world of books. To this day my dad willstill suggest books that he thinks I would enjoy reading, such as the
series by Jim Butcher. I remember when I truly fell in love with reading. I was nine and myfather introduced me to the world of
. From the moment I read the firstchapter of the first book I was hooked. From that point on I not only read books like
, but I also discovered that I enjoyed reading mainly fiction novels. This loveof books inspired me to read several books as a child. I even found the books that I readfor reading projects in my later elementary school years to become some of my favorite books to this day, one of which is
The Island of the Blue Dolphins.
Elementary school was probably the second biggest sponsor of my literacy, behind my parents. My elementary school had a reading program called AcceleratedReader (AR). This program was designed to encourage and improve the reading abilitiesof students from all grade levels. The AR program required the students to read booksand then take short quizzes on them. You would then earn points to be used towardsreward prizes. The points would vary depending on the level of difficulty of the book. Byhaving this extra initiative to read made me want to read and earn more points to get a