First Book I Read By Myself.

Was Green Eggs and Ham.

I woke mom and dad up at 4am to show them, to read the whole thing out loud to them.

Having heard a lot of kids stumble their way through oral reading, I can only imagine my parents’ enormous sense of pride, shading through astonishment, wonderment and down into “Boat, kid. The word is boat. You know this!” as I stuttered along.

I think probably about 40% of North American kids read a Seuss book as their first.  For that, I hope Theodor Geisel is drinking beer and eating chocolate brownies in heaven.

9 Comments to “First Book I Read By Myself.”

  1. By rachel, November 27, 2008 @ 4:54 pm

    The first book I ever read was called “What Spot?”

    I was about to claim nobody’s ever heard of it, but I googled it, and it turns out you can get it used:

    It was not a great book, particularly, but I took it with me when dad gave blood and read it to him. He was a captive audience.

  2. By Beth, November 27, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    Arwen’s first book was Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb which is Seuss-like but I don’t think it is Seuss. Amanda didn’t really read a whole book until grade 3 but then she discovered Sarah, Plain and Tall and read it and reread it and reread it.
    You’re right. Parents remember things like this and are very proud.

  3. By Liz, November 27, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

    Aha, Rachel, Crosby Bonsall wrote What Spot, and also, And I Mean It Stanley, which still cracks me the hell up!

    Beth, I don’t think it was Seuss, but now I have the primal chant in my brain: Millions of monkeys drumming on drums!

  4. By Erin, November 27, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Cool! That was my first book too. I remember reading it to my Mum while she was making dinner, and then again to my Dad as he arrived home from work. The wierd part is, I remember how it all just ‘clicked’ and suddenly made sense.

  5. By Arwen, November 28, 2008 @ 12:00 am

    Hand picks an apple…
    Hand picks a plum…

    That page hit me like a ton of bricks. Years later, reading it for the first time to Ripley, I teared up.

    WHY? I don’t know why!

  6. By Liz, November 28, 2008 @ 12:18 am

    Erin, that’s the thing about reading: For so may of us, it just clicks, and then we Get It.

    Arwen, you teared up because reading is magic. The moment you get that magic? Hell, that is the best passport in the whole wide world. In your hand and in your head. Think of how I was tearing up at Rip reading LOLcats. He’s got a passport now.

    (Captcha: obvious perfect. I’m sure it means something)

  7. By elswhere, November 28, 2008 @ 12:26 am

    That was my first book too! I still remember how exciting it was to read a WHOLE SENTENCE; no, two whole sentences! “I Am Sam,” and “Sam I am.”

    Yeah. Magic.

  8. By cheesefairy, November 28, 2008 @ 8:43 am

    That’s so cool! (once I choked down the “woke my parents up at 4 am” part…yes I am very focused on sleep, currently) I wish I could remember stuff like that. I will have to ask my mom what my first book was.

  9. By stephanie, December 2, 2008 @ 8:06 am

    I bet that was the cutest thing you’re parents ever heard.

    All your posts about firsts are making me think about MY firsts. I don’t remember the first book I read. Damn.

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