VIDEO: Authors on the Books and Libraries that Got Them Reading

By Jennifer Rubins | April 19 2017 | Community & School Reads Kids General

“I wouldn’t have been a reader or a writer, or even a civilized human being, if it hadn’t been for libraries.”—Laurie Halse Anderson

Check out these authors’ all-time favorites, very first reading memories, books that made them cry and changed them forever and more—and all because they discovered them at the local library. From The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963, to Charlotte’s Web, Pippi Longstocking and so many more, this video will leave you smiling and thinking of your own childhood favorites.

What book or audiobook changed your life? Share it with us @CommonReads using: #LibrariesTransform

 

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Some books mentioned in the video include:

978-0-385-38294-6
Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - United States - African American
Juvenile Fiction - Historical - United States - 20th Century
Juvenile Fiction - School & Education
The movie tie-in edition of the award-winning classic The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963!
$7.99 US | $10.50 CAN
Aug 06, 2013
5-3/16 x 7-5/8
Paperback
224 Pages
Yearling
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-0-14-030957-7
Juvenile Fiction - Girls & Women
Juvenile Fiction - Classics
Juvenile Fiction - Humorous Stories
 The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades.
$6.99 US | $7.99 CAN
May 30, 1988
5-1/16 x 7-3/4
Paperback
160 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
US, Canada, Open Mkt

978-0-448-47969-9
Juvenile Fiction - Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction - Action & Adventure - General
Juvenile Fiction - Girls & Women
A special treat for Nancy Drew fans, and any reader who's new to the series! We're releasing a stunning new edition of an old favorite: The Secret of the Old Clock, the first book in the incredibly popular, long-running series. It's the same exciting mystery that readers have fallen in love with for more than 80 years—Nancy Drew has to help Mr. Crowly's friends find his missing will, before the evil Topham family steals his full inheritance. Now with a brand-new look, this is an edition that collectors won't want to miss!
$7.99 US | $8.99 CAN
May 01, 2014
4-3/4 x 7-1/4
Hardcover
192 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
World

978-0-448-43628-9
Juvenile Fiction - Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction - Family - Siblings
Juvenile Fiction - Action & Adventure - General
#2 The House on the Cliff: When Mr. Hardy disappears while investigating a mystery surrounding a vacant house rumored to be either haunted or a hideout for criminals, the Hardy Boys search for the truth.
$14.99 US | $16.00 CAN
May 11, 2004
4-13/16 x 7-5/16
Hardcover
546 Pages
Grosset & Dunlap
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
World

978-0-14-038351-5
Juvenile Fiction - Classics
Juvenile Fiction - Fairy Tales & Folklore - General
Juvenile Fiction - Fantasy & Magic
Journey to Wonderland and through the Looking Glass with Alice. Meet the unforgettable characters of these two magical books, collected in one volume: the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and many others. Nothing is ordinary in the surprising worlds Alice finds herself in!Lewis Carroll?s (1832-1898) popular books about Alice marked a turning point in children?s literature?for the first time, children?s stories were primarily for fun, rather than for instruction or moralizing.
$4.99 US | $5.99 CAN
Apr 01, 1998
Paperback
336 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up
US/CAN (No Open Mkt)

978-0-14-240120-0
Juvenile Fiction - Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction - Humorous Stories
Juvenile Fiction - Family - Marriage & Divorce
A Newbery Medal Winner
$7.99 US | $8.99 CAN
Apr 12, 2004
5 x 7
Paperback
192 Pages
Puffin Books
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
World

978-0-8072-0852-6
Juvenile Fiction - Classics
Juvenile Fiction - Animals - General
Juvenile Fiction - Social Themes - Friendship
Since its publication in 1952, Charlotte's Web has become one of America's best-loved children's books. For fifty years, this timeless story of the pig named Wilbur and the wise spider named Charlotte who saved him has continued to warm the hearts of readers everywhere. Now this classic, a 1953 Newbery Honor book, comes to life in a delightful unabridged recording, read lovingly by the author himself.
$27.00 US | $35.00 CAN
May 14, 2002
CD
Listening Library (Audio)
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7
US, Canada, Open Mkt