Welcome back to our member profile feature on From Left to Write. Our club has almost 100 bloggers who love to read, write, and talk about books. On our book club days, you only get a glimpse into their blog so now you can get to know our members a little bit better.
Today we’re profiling one of From Left to Write Members, Nancy Cavillones who blogs at I Am. Nancy is a stay-at-home mom to two little girls. A former English teacher, she is now an essay coach and academic tutor. She also makes crayon rolls and doll carriers for children. Nancy shares a bit about some of most memorable reads.
What childhood or children’s book changed your life and how?
Honestly, this is such a hard question to answer. I read so many books as a child, and had so many books read TO me that I’d be hard-pressed to single out a book. I think the more lasting impression is the reading itself. Those early years were crucial to instilling a lifelong love affair with books!
What fiction book changed your life and how?
I was heavily influenced by Beat Generation writers in my teen years. I decided to read On The Road by Jack Kerouac, during the plane ride to Israel the summer I turned 16. I’d always been accused of not seeing the forest for the trees, and On The Road really opened my eyes to the possibilities of the world, which was only sharpened by the experience of being in Israel for five weeks, working on a kibbutz and seeing the Arab-Israeli relationship firsthand.
What book would you most want your children to read and why?
I loved The Anne of Green Gables series, and the Little House on The Prairie books, so I hope that my girls will love them, too. Those books fed my interest in historical fiction, and were so well-written. It was my first exposure to highly-developed characters and really activated the ability to create images in my head as I read, one of the Seven Habits of Good Readers that English teachers strive to impart to their students.
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