*Do you remember learning to read?
*What’s your earliest reading memory?
Searching my memory, I can't actually recall a "distinct moment when the concept of reading clicked". I think I learned sort of gradually... My mum made these notes in my first photo album:
2¼ Listens to stories. Knows the colours. Uses pronouns correctly.
3½ Knows the letters. Reads, spells and writes simple words
(if she is in the mood for it, of course!)
6½ Reads pretty well. Short words fluently.
7 Reads simple text fluently. Reads whole children's books on her own.
I do remember that when I started school (at 7), I could already read (and so found the reading lessons rather boring). But I can't recall which was the very first book I read on my own.
One early book of my own that I still have, I can date, though.
At 7½, I won a book through writing to a radio programme. It has the date written in it - 16 January 1963, together with a "Sveriges Radio" stamp. The book is Pippi Långstrump (Pippi Longstocking) by Astrid Lindgren. (Link goes to the English Wikipedia article.)
So, to my readers now, besides the questions about learning, I also pass on the question: Did you ever read Pippi Longstocking?
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