I've been a book worm since I learned to read in the first grade. Books were the friends that never moved away. Books--along with a flashlight under the sheets- were the comfort in the night when I couldn't sleep. Books took me places I will probably never be able to visit.
This is the first "chapter book" I remember reading. It was published in 1966, so I'm thinking I would have been 9 or 10 when I read it. There was no blurb on Amazon, but here is a snip of a review:
This is a very interesting story about what happens when two kids'
father never comes home. They live on the island of Manhattan, in a
city. They are afraid of Welfare, which is going to take them, so they
pretend they are going to their "godmother's" house in Brooklyn. But
instead, they move into a building of which only the ground floor is
used, getting in by way of the roof.
Have you read THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: CALLIE? Do the story lines sound the same? I didn't even realize the similarities until after I had a contract for the book. Several of us were sitting around talking about the first book we could remember and this one came to my mind. I'll tell you it was an OH MY GOSH moment. I am amazed at how God never wastes a single thing in our lives.
When I was 12 I found the TRIXIE BELDEN series. Books about a group of kids living out in the middle of no where. They form a club and go about solving mysteries. I had a SERIOUS crush on Jim!!
I read them, and read them, and re-read them. I even bought the entire series as a young mother in the hopes of enticing my daughters to read. That hope went up in big orange flames!
What's the first book you remember reading? Do you ever see it's influence in your life today? What were your favorite books as a young reader?