My 9th grade English teacher inspired me to read. She encouraged me to find out about the world- things I may never see, touch or understand in my lifetime are available through the written word. She also taught me that reading is fun, good for the mind and fosters the imagination. As an adult, I love reading to my kids- it's my favourite bedtime routine. How would I ever know about dragons, princesses, dinosaurs or the Lorax if it wasn't for a book?