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Friday, November 30, 2007

What Book Got YOU Hooked?

Here are the top twenty-five books that got people hooked on reading, according to the FirstBook.org poll. It sort of takes you back, doesn't it?

  1. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
  2. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  3. Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  6. The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  7. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  8. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey
  9. Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman
  10. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
  11. Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey
  12. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  13. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper and Loren Long
  14. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  15. Dick and Jane by William H. Elson
  16. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
  17. The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope
  18. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  19. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  20. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  21. The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  22. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  23. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  24. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  25. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

You can see the entire list of the Top 50 books here. For me, Dick and Jane started it all, quickly progressing to the Bobbsey Twins (at the Seashore--remember that one?). By 5th grade, I was devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys. I still love a great mystery! How about you? Which book (s) got you hooked on reading?

2 comments:

Wayne said...

To Kill a Mockingbird. As a young boy growing up in South Africa, this book taught me the power words.

The Koala Bear Writer said...

I couldn't point to one, but I read all but five of the ones on this list. Definately memories there! :)