As JoAnn and Esther have posted this week, we are celebrating the holidays with memories of first books and a tribute to FirstBook.
My mom grew up in a bookless home. She told me that one day her father did some janitorial work at a school and splurged on a steeply discounted set of Dick and Jane. These were then the only books in her house. No wonder she did not grow up a reader! My dad, on the other hand, was raised in a family of voracious readers. My grandmother always had a thick book in hand -- Maeve Binchy, Rosamunde Pilcher, Danielle Steele. For my grandfather, it was Max Brand and Louis L'Amour. [When he got Alzheimer's, he could reread the complete set and be surprised every time.] My dad reads widely -- right now he is on a Stephen Hunter and Lee Child kick, but he can do a book a day, so he's pretty much read it all.
Pop fiction is our thing (clearly), and I was initially going to blog about the first book I remember reading -- it was a Bobbsey Twins book and it was a Christmas gift from my grandparents (dad's side, of course) the year I was six. My mom discovered the joy of reading when she read me that book aloud, so I think it was a momentous experience for us both.
My first pet was thus a black molly fish named (you guessed it) Peppermint. However, after reading Peppermint, I desperately wanted a pet that I could actually pet. When I was in sixth grade, we finally put the fish behind us and became a dog family. This weekend, we Fords will do the same as we welcome a pup named Molly to our family. This Christmas my daughter is the same age that I was when I unwrapped that fateful Bobbsey Twins book. Together we have just begun discovering the joys of Ramona.
Our house is overrun by books. However, millions of children live in homes without books.
But FirstBook is trying to change that by providing books to children in need.
How can you help us help these millions of children eager to own their very own books?
Simply post one comment on our blog from now through December 31. Tell us about your first book, your child’s or grandchild’s first book, why books are important, why children should own their own books.
You can help us spread the word.
You can even make your own FirstBook Donation.
For every comment we receive (one per person, please, and spam doesn’t count), we’ll donate $1 to First Book.
We’ll keep track of comments from now until the end of the year; we’ll post periodic updates; and we’ll donate up to $225. Every $2.50 donated provides a brand-new book to a child in need. And through Dec. 31, Disney Publishing Worldwide will match every $1 donated with another new book.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of the wonderful memories you have already shared this week!