We asked, and you’ve responded. During our annual “What Book Got You Hooked?” campaign, we’ve asked you to identify your earliest memories of falling in love with reading. It’s been awesome to read your responses, and we’d love to take the opportunity to share some with you!
About “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White: “I loved listening to my 2nd grade teacher read from the book each day … I ended up becoming a second grade teacher just like Mrs. Mumma.”
About “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein: “The poems are funny, and I had a few dozen of them memorized, even a long one called Hungry Mungry. I never got tired of that book. It’s still my favorite bedtime book when I’m babysitting kids, and my favorite gift to give to young readers.”
An interesting perspective on “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss: “Being a child of immigrant parents, this was the first book that I could read to them. We enjoyed it so much that it made reading a daily habit.”
And finally, a simple yet eloquent reason to love “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson: “It was the first book to make me laugh and cry.”
Tell us about your favorite children’s book by voting here: http://www.firstbook.org/whatbook. The campaign lasts until the end of the month!
And for those with a real passion for literacy, the race to win a 50,000 book distribution for kids in need is heating up. Last year’s winner, Kentucky, is currently in first place followed by Midwestern powerhouses Oklahoma and Nebraska. Rounding out the current top ten is West Virginia, Massachusetts, Alabama, Virginia, California, Michigan, and Louisiana, and it’s still anybody’s to win! Vote early, vote often, and you could be responsible for bringing a distribution of 50,000 books to kids in need in your home state!