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.