Books I Grew up on is a blog series featuring guest bloggers who discuss reading in their childhoods: the books they loved, the paths they found to developing a love for reading, and how reading helped them become who they are today! Today’s Books I Grew up on guest is Miss Nevada 2016, Bailey Gumm.
Where did you grow up? What was it like growing up there?
I was born and raised in Minden, Nevada. Minden is a small town known as the heart of the Carson Valley which is located in northern Nevada. Minden had a huge influence in my upbringing. Being from a town of about 3,000 people creates a close knit community.
What role did books have in your childhood?
Both of my parents are teachers and from an early age they instilled in me the importance of reading. Not only did they encourage me to read because it is a valuable skill, but they encouraged me to find joy in reading by reading books that were of interest to me. My grandparents would take me to the library to pick out books and attend read alongs, every night my dad and I would read part of the Harry Potter book series together, and when the book fair came to school my mom would walk me around and let me pick out the new Junie B. Jones book (that was one of my favorite series).
How did you first develop a love for reading?
My grandma would read to me when I was a baby. Between my parents and grandparents I learned to love reading really quick. I had my favorite books that I would read over and over again, or ask my parents to read to me.
What was your favorite book as a child?
- Goodnight Moon
- Those Terrible Town Breakers
- Amelia Bedelia books
- Magic Tree House series
- Junie B. Jones series
- A Series of Unfortunate Events series
- Harry Potter series
What is your favorite book now?
Any Robert Munsch book. We Share Everything is one of my all-time favorite books for children!
What advice would you give to young readers?
- Be involved in the book choosing process. Pick out books that look interesting to you.
- Reread your favorite books while mixing in new ones.
- Never lose the joy of reading.
My community service platform is ‘Autism through a different Lens’ promoting autism acceptance. I am working with state and national organizations to being acceptance to the autistic community through sibling advocacy. Currently I am traveling the state of Nevada attending fundraising events, speaking to schools, promoting my platform, and encouraging young women to get involved in competing in our Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization.