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

By Jennifer Rubins | April 19 2017 | All-School Reads

“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.

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Some books mentioned in the video include:

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
978-0-385-38294-6
The movie tie-in edition of the award-winning classic The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963!
Paperback
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Pippi Longstocking
978-0-14-030957-7
 The beloved story of a spunky young girl and her hilarious escapades. Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a pet monkey named Mr. Nilsson. Whether Pippi’s scrubbing her floors, doing arithmetic, or stirring things up at a fancy tea party, her flair for the outrageous always seems to lead to another adventure. "A rollicking story." —The Horn Book
Paperback
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

The Secret of the Old Clock #1
978-0-448-47969-9
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!
Hardcover
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
978-0-14-038351-5
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.
Paperback
Age 10 and up
Grade 5 & Up

The Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)
978-0-14-240120-0
A Newbery Medal Winner"A supersharp mystery...confoundingly clever, and very funny." —Booklist, starred review A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger—and a possible murderer—to inherit his vast fortune, on things for sure: Sam Westing may be dead…but that won’t stop him from playing one last game! Winner of the Newbery Medal Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award An ALA Notable Book   "Great fun for those who enjoy illusion, word play, or sleight of hand." —The New York Times Book Review"A fascinating medley of word games, disguises, multiple aliases, and subterfuges—a demanding but rewarding book." —The Horn Book
Paperback
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7

Charlotte's Web
978-0-8072-0852-6
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.
CD
Age 8-12 years
Grades 3-7