5 condolences: Read Across America Day

Studies show that reading to children from a young age has a huge impact on their development – it builds their reading ability and vocabulary, teaches them grammar and sentence structure, develops their curiosity and creativity.

And the effects of being read to stay with us, both intellectually and emotionally. We remember the people who read to us. Reading aloud to a child creates a bond, whether it’s a relative snuggling with a kid for a book and some one-on-one time, or a teacher bringing the wonders of a favorite tale to life for a whole class. That bond isn’t easily forgotten.

In honor of Read Across America Day on March 2, we’re sharing 5 condolence messages from people who fondly remember those who read to them as children.

  1. All the great memories of grandma I will cherish and keep close to my heart forever!! When she use to take care of me when we all lived in the house, Mr.Pines Purple House is one of my favorite books she would read to me, and how we could talk for hours and all the laughs shared at Aunt Sues. I Love you So Much and will be reminded of you everyday I look at my bookshelf with all the books we’ve shared from my childhood up to the most recent. [Published in Stamford Advocate]
  2. She was a wonderful first grade teacher. She not only taught us to read but to love reading. To this day I try to read something every day. I loved the stories she read to the class before it was time to go to the bus. [Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin]
  3. Mrs. Nilsson was my principal at Fairview School when I attended during the 60s. She always conducted herself in a professional and courteous way to us students. I mentioned to my husband how I just thought of her the other day and recalled she would read to us students the Christmas story, “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. I loved listening to her read. You could tell she enjoyed reading to us kids and to think it was the principal taking time to be with us children! That was a big deal to me. I have to think it was a highlight in the year for her as she did this each Christmas season. [Published in Rockford Register Star]
  4. Julie and Miles and all the Raskoffs exposed me to culture at Los Angeles’ museums and theatres for which I will always be eternally grateful. But the one memory indelibly printed in my mind is her reading to Ken’s and my elementary school class. [Published in Los Angeles Times]
  5. Miss Davis was my very favorite teacher at W. C. Warren Elementary School in Garland. She was my third grade teacher in 1960-1961. I’ve never forgotten her and have thought of her often over the past 4 decades. One of my fondest memories of her is how she would read to us after lunch – especially Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House” books. [Published in Dallas Morning News]

Legacy.com reviews one million condolence messages each month. Each week, we highlight 5 condolences with a common theme.

About Linnea

I joined Legacy.com in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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