50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
I was in elementary school and hated reading. My twin sister gave me her copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She said “Just read the first chapter. If you don’t like it you don’t ever have to read again.” Well, guess what? I LOVED
it, and I’ve been reading ever since. —Emily M. Souders
I was really sick after my senior year in high school. My mom suggested reading the Harry Potter books. I physically couldn’t do much so I thought I might as well give it a go. They not only rekindled my love of reading, they helped me get better. —Rebecca Wood Childers
I had a difficult time reading when I was younger but the books were easy to comprehend. They gave me the confidence to read more. —Jeanette Fertoli
I got the first book right when it came out, for my eleventh birthday. Harry was also 11. When book 2 was released, I was 12 and so was Harry. I feel like we grew up together! —Alicia Stevers
Only read a book when I was forced to before Harry Potter. —Heather Kritsberg
The books that made me love reading again (as a full-grown adult): Harry Potter. —Leigh Anna Herring
The Harry Potter series saved me from postpartum depression. J.K. Rowling’s intense creativity and imaginative storytelling inspired me to get my master’s of education in reading. I now delight in bringing the magic and wonder of children’s literature to my first-grade students each day. —Kelly Burke
To buy: $11, amazon.com.
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