About Me

For as long as I can remember, I've been a reader. I came out of the womb loving words...loving stories...loving books. I had no choice. My mother read to each of her little ones in utero. In my attempt to introduce myself, I felt an "I Am" poem would be most fitting.

Who Am I?  
I am a reader and a teacher
I wonder how I'm going to look in my golden years
I hear the wind singing to me
I see King Arthur and his knights seated about the round table
I want to travel the Scottish Highlands
I am a reader and a teacher

I pretend to be the audacious heroines in my favorite historical romance novels
I feel Mother Nature's kiss
I touch young hungry minds
I worry about our youth
I cry when I think of the kindness others have shown me
I am a reader and a teacher

I understand that I am loved
I say we are all interconnected
I dream of a better day
I try not to procrastinate
I hope for world unity
I am a reader and a teacher

Other Random Tidbits and Interesting Facts
  1. I'm the third of four girls. My oldest sister feed my love of paper dolls, activity books, Nancy Drew, Trixie BeldingRamona, and The Baby-sitters Club.
  2. I will always love my mother's version of Rapunzel the best. (Hope to have a video uploaded soon)
  3. I fell in love with Heidi during the three months my mother read this story at bedtime.
  4. I refuse to skip books in a series or read them out of order. 
  5. I still own my 1st grade reading book, Kick Up Your Heels. "The Four Know-Little's," a British folktale adapted by Michele Spirn, will forever hold a special place in my heart.
  6. I own two other primary readers, A World of Surprise and Going Places, Seeing People. These were not assigned school books, but were given to my younger sister and I by a great lady at the Montgomery Board of Education. Every visit to the Montgomery BOE added books to my growing bookshelf. Thanks Mrs. Johnson!
  7. I had a few pen pals growing up and still possess all of the letters.
  8. I grew up during the time of ABC Afterschool Specials and Saturday Morning Movies. Pippi Longstocking will always be my favorite Saturday Morning Movie. A wave of nostalgia hit me as I ran across Pippi in the South Seas in the video section of my local library. Of course, I checked it out!  
  9. I won several reading and one library service award throughout the 4th-7th grade.
  10. Last, but not least, I'm heartbroken that I failed to save any of the books I wrote during my childhood.

Stephanie Tullis writes under the pseudonym Written Melodies. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Cultivating You Inc., a youth literacy nonprofit organization. 

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