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Gathered here are stories by parents talking about their own love of reading and writing and how they have passed this love on to their children. There are also stories, poems and illustrations by children marking their growth into literacy. We invite you to send your stories, too.
Barnett
Reading is a part of everyday life for Chuck and Joyce Barnett, and their daughter, Katelyn as well as Katelyn grandmother and her uncle.
  
Clark
For Nora Story Clark and her parents, Bob and Andrea, storytelling became a way to cope with Nora's battle with cancer.
  
Durtschi
Heather, Mike, Max (6), and Reiker (3) Durtschi live in Girdwood, Alaska, where they spend as much time engaged in the outdoors as possible.
  
Kerr
Music is an integral part of life -- and a way to tell stories -- for Jim Kerr and Denise Martin and their daughter, Amanda.
  
Lax
"Reading, writing and family life are all woven together in our book-cluttered home," says writer Andromeda Romano-Lax.
  
Mom G and Mary
"My mom told me to write letters to those I knew as if I was sitting with them and talking to them," says the woman everyone calls only Mom.
  
Moore
Robin Moore began buying books for her daughter, Heidi, before she was born and began reading to her when she was about 3 months old.
  
Oswald Stratford
Peter Oswald and Lisa Stratford and their daughter Sadie talk about the discoveries Sadie makes because of the many books in her life.
  
Sharp
Suzanne Sharp tells her daughers that if they want to learn about her Inupiaq culture, they can read, talk to people, and even take classes.
  
Templeton
Willy Templeton is a single dad whose son, Joseph, has Down Syndrome, but communication between them is rarely a problem.
  
Van Dommelen
Dorn and Diane moved their family to Alaska seven years ago, where they live in a cabin in Bird Creek.
  

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