This is the letter "A". These are the sounds it makes.
When I was little, my mom gave speech and language therapy. I listened.
A... B... C... D... M + O + M = MOM D + A + D = DAD A + P + P + L + E = APPLE
I started to think about the sounds that the letters made and found out if you put the sounds together... they made words. I was little, so I couldn't read big words. I read letter by letter, so if the word was too big, I started forgetting the first sounds by the time I got to the last ones.
I could read books. And it opened up... entirely new worlds to my imagination. I could read about all sorts of adventures and characters and so many things.
With so much knowledge to be had with each turn of the page... I read science textbooks too. I learned a lot.
With entire worlds to explore through words, practice and dictionaries gave me the tools to read more complicated things each time. The next step... was another language. English. Letters in English don't make sounds together like Spanish does. Each letter can make several sounds. When I learned them, I started to see that this time I just needed to look at the other letters because they changed the sound. Then it made sense.
I guess for me, reading came about because I learned that each letter is like one note in a musical piece. Alone it just makes a sound. But if you put another note after, and then another, you can make something beautiful that has meaning. To learn to read is like taking a staircase to any world you want to visit.