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Do you remember the first real book you read? Not the silly primers from first grade.

Posted - May 3


  • 14550
    I didn't like to read during the school years.  My love of reading came later in life.  I read and read and just loved that whole world of books and where they could take you.  When I went to law school I had to do more reading than humanly possible and for a number of year, my love of reading was gone.  I now read quite a lot but am watching a screen more than ever before due to Netflix.  I don't watch like most people I know but I do watch a few hours every week.  Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less. 
      May 3, 2021 2:19 PM MDT

  • 10525
    Can't remember the first actual entire book I read but I do remember when I was leaning to read I was picking up various books to see how much of them I could read and understand.
      May 3, 2021 6:44 PM MDT

  • 6612
    I was going to say it had to be something by Judy Blume, but I don't think that was until 3rd or 4th grade. Before that I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and Box Car Children books and Nancy Drew... that sort of thing. I started reading very young (reportedly at 4), mostly because I wanted to play Scrabble with my mom and her friend. I didn't want to go play with the other children, I wanted to be with them! But I had to be able to read, so I decided to do it. Lucky for me, my mom was a teacher and stay-at-home mom! 

    What was the first book you ever read? 
      May 3, 2021 8:50 PM MDT

  • 12257
    Either Thomas the Tank Engine by Rev W Awdry, The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton or one of Theodor Geissel's classics. Like Savvy, my mother had been a schoolmarm and encouraged my siblings and I from a very early age. One method was to read us a bedtime story and stop at a cliffhanger - if we wanted to know what happened next any sooner than the next night, we had to read it ourselves. This post was edited by Slartibartfast at May 4, 2021 7:46 PM MDT
      May 3, 2021 10:13 PM MDT

  • 42875


      I can’t remember. I believe that it would have been prior to first grade, because my mother had already taught me to read years earlier. I do remember how inane (I didn’t know it at the time) it seemed to me that in school, there were books that included:

      See Dick. See Jane. See Dick run. 

      See Spot. See Jane chase Spot. 

      Even at five or six years old, I wondered, “Who talks that way? It’s baby talk!”  Of course, there were other students who had not been taught to read at home, so they needed that chopped up verbiage to help them along. The teacher assessed each of us for our reading abilities and created reading groups accordingly, there were three groups. The goal was to have as many students reading at a Group One level by the time we went to second grade.

      At reading time, Group One would take turns reading a sentence or two from a story; comprehension and building vocabulary were the measuring sticks. Often, the teacher would stay with us just for a few minutes, and once she saw that we were doing well, she would go to help Groups Two or Three, both of which required it more.

      If a student struggled to keep up with his or her group’s level, he or see would be moved down a group, or if he or she mastered the group level, could be advanced to a higher group.

      I started out in Group One and never deviated. Even at that young age, it made me feel great. Group Two students had to read only a few words or a phrase from a sentence because they were not up to handling full sentences yet. Group Three students were learning the alphabet and phonics.

      May 4, 2021 7:56 AM MDT

  • 36486
    I had a similar experience in 1st and 2nd grades. Those books we had to read ridiculous. I was already reading from a set of science books my aunt had given to me. I was so bored in school, I acted up (poorly), and got in trouble a couple of times. This post was edited by Element 99 at May 5, 2021 7:49 AM MDT
      May 4, 2021 11:22 AM MDT

  • 6797
    This may have been the book:

      May 4, 2021 11:26 AM MDT