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The Best Gift I Ever Got Was a Book, and That Book Was _____

ReadKiddoRead asked authors, athletes and celebrities to share their favorite books.

Courtesy of the ReadKiddoRead Foundation

Are you giving books to your kids as gifts? Which ones are you picking out for friends and family?

ReadKiddoRead asked authors, athletes and celebrities to finish this sentence: The Best Gift I Ever Got Was a Book, and That Book Was _____. Pick up some of these favorites for the kids in your life, or browse through ReadKiddoRead.com for books that are sure to please any young person this holiday season.

Mark Teixeira

The best gift I ever got was a book; it was The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris.

The book is The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, given to me by my friend and high school principal, Barry Fitzpatrick. While I can't single out any book as my favorite, this book stands out because it sparked my interest in biographies and American history. I almost exclusively read nonfiction now, as I am educated with each book!

Rick Riordan

The best gift I ever got was a book; it was The Lord of the Rings box set by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Lois Lowry

The best gift I ever got was a book; it was Humphrey: One Hundred Years Along the Wayside with a Box Turtle by Marjorie Flack.

The best gift I ever got was a book. It was called Humphrey, and it had an unwieldy subtitle: One Hundred Years Along the Wayside with a Box Turtle. I was three and a half. My sister, three years older, was learning to read in first grade, and she came home each day and taught me what she had learned. When I sat down with Humphrey, despite the mystery of the "ph," which, since I had been told the turtle's name, I thought should certainly be an "f", I realized I could read. It was an exhilarating moment, and I have remembered that turtle fondly ever since.

Jamie Lee Curtis

The best gift I ever got was a book; it was Shogun by James Clavell.

Boo the Dog

The best gift I ever got was a book; it was I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert.

TELL US: What's the best book you've ever received? Let us know in the comments.

Tricia Scharnberger December 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
A few Christmases ago my husband gave me Twilight which I really had no interest in. I started to read and by the 27th I was done and dying for the next 3!
Sonia Dasgupta December 21, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I'd say Harry Potter. I got the series at a time when I was a pre-teen and although I loved books, I was choosing other activities over reading. The gift help me find my love again for reading and I was stuck on the series through my college years!
Pachacutec December 21, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Actually, I"d say ANY book I get as a gift is exciting! But the first one I remember was wayyyy back when I was 7 years old, I received "All About Dinosaurs" for Christmas. If you're of a "certain age," I'm sure you remember the "All About" books, which covered science, etc., for kids. The book had a really great color photo on the jacket of an Allosaurus and as I was into dinosaurs big-time (aren't most little kids?), that book was my pride and joy.
Disney1990 December 21, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The Last Lecture. Lots of life lessons here.

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