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First Books

My friend JD is participating in Blogathon 2006. He writes:

Money raised from your sponsorships will be donated to First Book, an organization that fosters reading among low-income children.

Subsequent discussion has veered into reminiscing about our own first memories of books. In my highly literate crowd, most people can’t remember a “first book” so much as a group of early books they had contact with. What a privilege! What a bounty! Reading has been a great joy to me from a very young age. I learned to read early, I was fortunate that I took to it naturally. My ability to read (and following that, to write) has carried me far in my life. I’m aware that this is not the case for everyone.

Interestingly (to me anyway) is that my fondest memories of books from that “early exposure group” are of old stories that had been published thirty or forty years before I ever touched them. In fact, when my daughter was born, some of the first books I bought for her included reprints of those classics:

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
The Story About Ping
The Story of Ferdinand
Blueberries for Sal
Caps for Sale

8 comments to First Books

  • Don’t forget libraries!

    As a children’s librarian, I applaud anything that gets kids to read. As for a first book, I have a special story about that – I have dyslexia, and learning to read was hard for me. My father promised to buy me a copy of the very first book I could read by myself. That turned out to be “Boris and Amos”, by William Steig. And yes, I still have the copy he bought me, and I still remember snuggling in the big chair with him, and carefully reading it to him. :)

    Remember, for those who can’t afford the books, the public library is a good source – and there’s usually a librarian doing storytime around somewhere! :)

    Of course, my daughter has a ton of books – both from me, and from the ‘Sucess by 6″ program, which gives all kids under 6 years old a free book a month until their 6th birthday, thanx to, believe it or not, Dolley Parton.

  • Don’t forget libraries!

    As a children’s librarian, I applaud anything that gets kids to read. As for a first book, I have a special story about that – I have dyslexia, and learning to read was hard for me. My father promised to buy me a copy of the very first book I could read by myself. That turned out to be “Boris and Amos”, by William Steig. And yes, I still have the copy he bought me, and I still remember snuggling in the big chair with him, and carefully reading it to him. :)

    Remember, for those who can’t afford the books, the public library is a good source – and there’s usually a librarian doing storytime around somewhere! :)

    Of course, my daughter has a ton of books – both from me, and from the ‘Sucess by 6″ program, which gives all kids under 6 years old a free book a month until their 6th birthday, thanx to, believe it or not, Dolley Parton.

  • Don’t forget libraries!

    As a children’s librarian, I applaud anything that gets kids to read. As for a first book, I have a special story about that – I have dyslexia, and learning to read was hard for me. My father promised to buy me a copy of the very first book I could read by myself. That turned out to be “Boris and Amos”, by William Steig. And yes, I still have the copy he bought me, and I still remember snuggling in the big chair with him, and carefully reading it to him. :)

    Remember, for those who can’t afford the books, the public library is a good source – and there’s usually a librarian doing storytime around somewhere! :)

    Of course, my daughter has a ton of books – both from me, and from the ‘Sucess by 6″ program, which gives all kids under 6 years old a free book a month until their 6th birthday, thanx to, believe it or not, Dolley Parton.

  • Don’t forget libraries!

    As a children’s librarian, I applaud anything that gets kids to read. As for a first book, I have a special story about that – I have dyslexia, and learning to read was hard for me. My father promised to buy me a copy of the very first book I could read by myself. That turned out to be “Boris and Amos”, by William Steig. And yes, I still have the copy he bought me, and I still remember snuggling in the big chair with him, and carefully reading it to him. :)

    Remember, for those who can’t afford the books, the public library is a good source – and there’s usually a librarian doing storytime around somewhere! :)

    Of course, my daughter has a ton of books – both from me, and from the ‘Sucess by 6″ program, which gives all kids under 6 years old a free book a month until their 6th birthday, thanx to, believe it or not, Dolley Parton.

  • Thank you!

    And now…I say THANK YOU for the web site. I passed it around the library system I work at, and several people are now getting involved in getting the word out about this program!

  • Thank you!

    And now…I say THANK YOU for the web site. I passed it around the library system I work at, and several people are now getting involved in getting the word out about this program!

  • Thank you!

    And now…I say THANK YOU for the web site. I passed it around the library system I work at, and several people are now getting involved in getting the word out about this program!

  • Thank you!

    And now…I say THANK YOU for the web site. I passed it around the library system I work at, and several people are now getting involved in getting the word out about this program!