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When I was five years old, my mother banned me from reading in bed with my flashlight because I burned my ear one night falling asleep with the bulb against my cheek. Two weeks later, Mom discovered me asleep in the dry bathtub, clutching my pillow and my book. Undaunted by the flashlight ban and driven by my desire to read, I crept into the bathroom and read with the door closed. My mother, recognizing how much reading meant to me, bought me a reading lamp and a stack of books to go with it. I trace my reading personality ...


On this Independence Day, I am grateful for my freedom to read what I want. My fundamental right to write or read any book, blog, news article, or Twitter feed—no matter how controversial, thoughtful, or ridiculous—is not commonplace for all citizens around the world. When we choose our own reading material and encourage children to do the same—we exercise our rights as Americans. Celebrate your reading freedom today! I have exercised my right to read this summer. With the extra time the vacation brings, I set the ambitious goal to read a book each day. Perhaps, I ...


Editor's Note: Donalyn Miller will be appearing live from San Francisco on ABC's "View from the Bay" on Thursday, July 2 at 3PM PST. To watch the program, check out this link: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/channel?section=view_from_the_bay&id=5755208...


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