50 Books Real Simple Readers Love
The first time I read a book that I couldn’t put down I was 6. The book was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :) . —Amanda Aguirre Munoz
By the time I was 9 years old, I had read it 16 times. —Rosemary Shaw
My mom could never get me to sit still when I was young so she sat me down and made me read a couple of chapters. I was hooked. —Jeanne Schmidt Snide
I had my mother buy the book because listening to the teacher read out loud to the class was just taking too long for me. —Krista Jayne
I still read Matilda when I need to be pulled out of a bad mood. —Nicole Andonov
Matilda. My fourth-grade teacher gave me a copy as a moving-away present. —Lakecia Gassett
I got James and the Giant Peach at the Upstart Crow Bookstore in San Diego. It was my first chapter book. I still remember exactly which shelf and corner of the store it was sitting on. Every time I go in that store, now 30 years later, I remember how proud I felt. Still have the book too.... —Jennifer Bennett
I was a sixth grader and was in remedial reading and the teacher read James and the Giant Peach to us and it brought reading to life for me. —Leslie Calhoun Fry
I distinctly remember finding the magical author who is Roald Dahl. I lived in England and so was introduced to many of his books, but I remember falling in love with BFG (Big Friendly Giant, to those who haven’t heard of it). I think I read that book at least a dozen times. I also grew up to love pickles too, just like the BFG! —Nicole Marie Dixon
Roald Dahl’s writing made me think more than the average book. His vocabulary was more advanced than I was used to but the subject matter appealed to me, so it was especially rewarding to finish a book. He had an ability to craft an over-the-top—yet so believable—storyline that always amazed me, but none more so than the book Boy. He made the ordinary childhood story extraordinary. —Erin Robinson
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