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reading is FUNdamental

i have always loved reading. i remember being 3 and reading about a gem-encrusted crown in the childcraft encyclopedia. i read all the nancy drew books before 3rd grade. i would check out the maximum allowed on my library card and my mom’s at the same time and chain-read them until i was done. same with anne of green gables, the baby sitter’s club, and sweet valley high.

the textbooks in school when i was growing up had incredible covers. they inspired curiosity!  compared to the bland computer-generated covers of today, they are vibrant and interesting. all hand done.

these are all houghton mifflin reading book covers from the late 70’s. my earliest classroom shelves were full of these. i was transfixed!








 this ‘secrets’ one i particularly remember because they were left over on a back shelf from an earlier year and i had to ask my teacher if i could take one home with me and read it. she said yes. i mean who wouldn’t want to read ‘secrets’ with a cover like that?!






all this started when i saw this “windchimes” book at a second-hand store today and my mind was awash in a flood of cedar hill elementary school book covers.



the covers today do not hold a candle.

From Houghton Mifflin