Booking Through Thursday — Firsts

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Suggested by Joy:

Do you remember the first book you bought for yourself? Or the first book you checked out of the library? What was it and why did you choose it?

I’m not sure I can recall the first book I purchased for myself, but it was probably either something by Beverly Cleary or something purchased through the Scholastic take-home book-order page.  (Man, how cool were those back in the day to skim through, imagining the books you could read…and then the thrill on that magical day when they finally all arrived.  I tell you, there are few things that smell better than a new book. )

As for checking out, I’m not sure the exact first, but the first I recall vividly was “Fox in Socks” from my school library.    Years ago, my mom recorded several books onto audio for me to listen to while I read along.   Several of them were Dr. Suess books (my mom is a saint, since they are tricky to do!) and I recall thinking how cool it would be to get “Fox in Socks” and read it onto cassette myself.  I checked it out, took it home and found that Dr. Suess is not the easiest book to read onto tape without making a mistake or three…well, at least when you’re a young reader.


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7 responses to “Booking Through Thursday — Firsts

  1. pam

    Oh wow…I completely forgot about those take home order sheets. Yes, I was always SO excited to get my order when those came in.

  2. I don’t remember first bought book, but I do remember first library book checked out. Check out my answer for Booking Through Thursday.

  3. Oh, man, I used to LOVE school bookfairs! Amazing stuff.

  4. I read Fox in Socks to a group of 5 and 6 year olds this summer. And immediately read it to them a second time to see if I could actually do it correctly all the way through. Nope, not even with practice!

  5. What a brave thing you were trying to record yourself reading Dr. Seuss on cassette :). I loved the Scholastic Book Order Sheets … I forgot how awesome it was to get freshly ordered books delivered to you in school.

  6. What a great mom! My mother used to say Dr. Seuss drove her crazy, so I had to read all his books on my own. Yes, those Scholastic and Weekly Reader order sheets were wonderful – I always wanted every book listed.

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