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Booking Through Thursday: First Book

August 5, 2010

Today’s btt button asks

What is the first book you remember reading? What about the first that made you really love reading?

Can’t answer this without giving a nod to First Book, a great nonprofit that helps get underprivileged kids their first books, and encourages their love of reading. So, in essence, it helps give kids a way to answer this question when they grow up.

I don’t remember there being any fanfare or pivotal moment of learning to read. I loved being read to. I kind of remember my parents reading from The Random House Book of Poetry For Children, an anthology illustrated by Jack Prelutsky. I remember matching the sound and the letters of the word “soup” when Mom read me the poem about Augustus who would not eat any soup.

My mom tells the story that she had no idea I could read til she saw me taking a little longer to study pages in a book, instead of just flipping through the pictures.

I think what made me love reading was the act of reading, or being read to, rather than the books themselves. Part of my love for language comes from my family, heredity or environment, take your pick. I admit I take reading and loving books for granted, because they’ve been such a fixture in my life and my family’s life.

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  1. August 5, 2010 10:13 am

    I can’t recall my first book but I do recall that, I was hooked on Enid Blyton. She, in a way, has influenced my interest in Crime fiction.

    Then I used to devour the Nancy Drew books along with Hardy Boys. However, but those came much later.

    Here is my BTT: First Time post!

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