First Book is running a new reading campaign called “What Book Got You Hooked?” which asks authors and celebrities to identify the book that got them hooked on reading. I can’t recall the first book that I ever read as I have been a reader from the start. I even had a Golden Book about getting my tonsils out that I took to the hospital with me when I was in second grade. (Golden Books were like Hallmark cards – there was a book for everything).
I love reading about other people’s inspirations for reading. First Book identifies the top 50 books that got readers hooked. Of the top fifty, these are the only ones I haven’t read. What can I say? My mother loved to read.
- Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
- The Baby-sitters Club by Ann M. Martin
- Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
- Mrs. Piggle Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
- Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Rebecca Romijn remembers Bridge to Terebithia fondly saying that people should forget the movie and pick up the book. David Duchovny summarizes his recollection of The Bat Poet by Randall Jarrell. Joyce Carroll Oates reminisces about her experience reading Alice in Wonderland. Oh, I can feel a series coming on for the blog!
First Book has given over 50 million books away to children in need.
Via Publishers Weekly.