Readers of the Week: Sisters share love for reading

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Makayla Hall, age 7, and Shanae Hall, age 8, are all about reading this summer.

And Jane Bailey, director of the Columbiana Public Library, has selected the sisters as &8220;Shelby County Reporter&8221; Readers of the Week.

The girls are the daughters of Greg and Melissa Hall of Columbiana and the granddaughters of Ruth Hall of Columbiana and Martin and Carol Sims of Wilsonville.

Makayla and Shanae both attend Elvin Hill Elementary in Columbiana. Makayla will be entering the second grade, and Shanae will be entering the third grade in the fall.

Their reading goals for the summer are impressive. Shanae said she plans to read 500 books. But Makayla said she plans to read 700 books.

That sounds like a lot, but both have already read about 120 books that has been recorded.

The sisters both said they like June B. Jones books by Barbara Park and Henry and Mudge books by Cynthia Rylant.

Shanae said she likes to read all about animals, but doesn&8217;t like snakes.

Makayla said she likes to read about animals, in particular, sea animals. She especially likes Dolphins.

Why read so much?

Makayla said, &8220;It&8217;s fun.&8221; And Shanae said, &8220;Because it helps you learn things you haven&8217;t learned before.&8221;

Makayla said she wants to become a teacher. &8220;I like helping people,&8221; she said.

Shanae said she wants to become a veterinarian. &8220;I&8217;m in love with animals,&8221; she said.

Both Shanae and Makayla said they like coming to library, but read most of their books at home.

Their mom said when the reading program started this summer, Shanae read 119 books in one day and Makayla read 102 books in one day. She said, &8220;They get into a competitive mode.&8221;