“I think the book we have enjoyed the most is Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird.' We have also seen the movie and thought that was excellent, and Gregory Peck certainly was wonderful as Atticus. We liked the book so much we named our two dogs for characters in the book. One is named Scout, and one is Jem. Over the years, we've pulled it all together — the whole concept — of what times were like then.
“I also loved 'The Old Man and the Sea,' which I read when a freshman in high school. There were implied comparisons to religious beliefs, which I found interesting. The imagery was very good, too. I had a wonderful English teacher in high school and had her when we studied this book.
“With my children — ages 11, 10, 9 and 7 — I began reading 'Goodnight Moon' at an early age, then came the 'Junie B. Jones' series. There are a lot of similarities in those stories to what kids go through. And I still read to my three girls and a boy before they go to bed.
“My oldest started the first Harry Potter book, but she didn't find it that interesting so she didn't go on with the series. And they are not to read the 'Twilight' saga. There is no educational value in those books.
“I learned to enjoy Shakespeare when I was in school. That wonderful teacher helped with the challenge of interpreting them. We do watch Shakespeare plays on video.”