What is the first book you remember reading?


I have always been a voracious reader. As a kid I remember going to the library in the summer with my Grandma and checking out huge stacks of books and then reading the hot summer days away while she read and watched golf. Of course there was Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Every Laura Ingalls Wilder book, all of the Boxcar Children books, Marguerite Henry and every book in the library with a horse on the cover. I remember the Scholastic book fair days at school and being heart broke when I was only allowed to pick out 2 books instead of the 20 I wanted to take home.  I can tell you the layout of the library in my elementary, middle and high school as well as several of the public library branches with ease even after more than a few years since setting foot in them. “Take a look it’s in a book, Reading Rainbow….” plays in my head without the need to youtube or google.

I was raised as an only child and the characters in the books were my friends, always there for me to play with. I read fast, it was nothing for me to finish a few books in a single day. I was reading way past my grade level and tested in the top percentile for reading all through school. I was good at reading and considering I never seemed to be very good at anything else, I was proud of my reading abilities.  What I never could explain was how a book could hold my focus when nothing else in the world could. Now being an adult with ADD I know that the books provided my brain the stimulation it craved. As an adult I don’t read often enough. I still love to read, but when I find a good book I simply can’t put it down. That makes getting work done very difficult.

For the thousands of books I have read, I can still remember reading my very first book, cover to cover all by myself. Twenty-Five plus years later, I don’t just remember the book, I remember sitting in my bed and reading it out loud, I can still see the words on the page and the drawings, I can hear myself reading it. I remember as a Kindergartner sitting cross legged in the Frank Allis Elementary School library hearing about what the shiny gold sticker of the  Caldecott Award meant and that’s when I picked up the book that made such an impression on me. I’ve always been attracted to shiny things.

I heard that Maurice Sendak passed away today. I wanted to write this post as a thank you to him. His book opened the world of reading to me and reading opened the world to me.

Let the wild rumpus begin!

What was your first book?

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9 Comments on What is the first book you remember reading?

  1. Elizabeth Martin
    May 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm (8 years ago)

    Ever here of a little series called the Pony Pals by Jeanne Betancourt? It was the first book I ever ordered from the scholastic book flyer. I was in first grade. It was called A Pony for Keeps.
    Those books led to a love of reading!
    Great Post! 🙂 Sad to hear Maurice Sendak has died. I also think Jan Berenstain of the Berenstain Bears also passed away earlier this year.

    • dairycarrie
      May 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm (8 years ago)

      I remember A Pony For Keeps I think. Now that you mention it I did also hear about Jan Berenstain passing away recently. I do remember the books but I don’t know that I was really into them for some reason.

  2. Steph
    May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm (8 years ago)

    Loved all of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, was also a big fan of every James Herriot book! The one book that I really enjoyed reading and can remember is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Charlottes Web was another favorite. I guess the list could go on and on!!

    • dairycarrie
      May 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm (8 years ago)

      Believe it or not I never stumbled across James Herriot. Charlott’s Web is another fantastic book for sure!

  3. Barnyard Barbie
    May 8, 2012 at 4:42 pm (8 years ago)

    Miss Pennypuffer’s Taste Collection…I think that’s where I got the urge to cook 🙂 Love to read though…totally know what you mean when you get a good book, just want to sit down and read the whole thing. Doesn’t happen enough during the summer months–sigh

  4. Ty and Scout
    May 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm (8 years ago)

    I doubt it was my first book–but the Mouse and Motorcycle series was a definite favorite. Ralph S. Mouse! I too can remember the layouts of all my school years libraries! My elementary school librarian was Mz. (with a Z nonetheless!!) Hoff. She and I were great friends. She put me on to so many amazing books. I have loved reading ever since I can remember–and devour books.
    MY Carrie has a time limit for me on our forays into any book store, and especially our very lovely used bookstore in Missoula: The Book Exchange–Where Ty and Carrie NEVER have credit! (We hoard books).
    I love this post. Thanks Dairy Carrie!

    • dairycarrie
      May 8, 2012 at 8:42 pm (8 years ago)

      There are many worse habits and addictions than reading so I guess we are all ok!

  5. Steven Schmidt
    January 22, 2015 at 9:22 am (5 years ago)

    Little Golden Books – but not specific one.
    Alice in Wonderland – at the age of 7, really hard, totally didn’t get it.
    Mrs. Coverlet’s Magicians – and my Mom made the chocolate bread pudding recipe.