What Erica Bryant is reading off-screen

What Erica Bryant is reading off-screen

For the third year, Channel 9 has teamed up with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library for 9 Books for Kids, so we're finding out about some of our anchors’ favorite books.

Erica Bryant, evening anchor and mother of two, reminisced on how she developed a love for books by reading to her children.

“I started reading to them literally when they were still in the womb. Yes - they can hear you in there,” said Bryant. “From their toddler years through their early grades of school, we would read a book every night. I think it has made a huge difference, giving them that foundation.”

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Like many working moms, Bryant admitted that finding her "me time" for reading can be a challenge.

“I don't have as much time to read as I would like these days. So, when I have some time off for spring break, I try to catch up then,” said Bryant.

A few of her favorite books and authors are:

"What I Know for Sure," by Oprah Winfrey

"The Shack," by William P. Young

"The Glass Castle," by Jeannette Walls

"The Power of a Praying Parent," by Stormie Omartian

"The Power of a Praying Wife," by Stormie Omartian

"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou

"The Color Purple," by Alice Walker

"Love You Forever," by Robert Munsch

You can help improve literacy by donating new and gently used books for children and teens to our 9 Books for Kids drive at any Charlotte Mecklenburg Library now through April 12.

Additionally, three 9 Family Focus community business partners have chosen to collect books at their Mecklenburg county locations: Showmars, Ashley HomeStore and E.R. Plumbing Services.

“I'm thrilled that we are joining with the community for the 9 Books for Kids Drive,” said Bryant. “Reading a book can help change a child's life!”

All donated books will be distributed by the library to area children and teens through Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Outreach Services without the need to check out and return the book.