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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.

What's the best book you've ever received? Let us know if the comments

Julie Pendray December 19, 2012 at 10:00 PM
"The Cat in the Hat," by Dr. Seuss, plus any of the poetry books by A.A. Milne were my childhood favorites. As an adult, my friend's new book "Mint Tea & Minarets: a Banquet of Moroccan Memories" by Kitty Morse; "The Happy Isles of Oceania," by Paul Theroux; "A People's History of the United States," by Howard Zinn; "The Shipping News," by Annie Proulx. This is making me wish I had more time to read!
Mary Richardson December 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Where's Waldo? I'm actually not sure if I'm kidding!
E. Cho December 20, 2012 at 07:49 AM
Hard to decide on a single favourite book. A few memorable ones that were given to me as gifts: - The Mouse and His Child - 1000個文字的故事 (a kid's book on Chinese etymology) - Anne of Green Gables - the Booky trilogy by Bernice Thurman Hunter
Karen Calhoun December 20, 2012 at 05:31 PM
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein. I just sent one to my great niece and great nephew for Christmas.
Bill Fishman December 20, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Favorite books? -Anything Steinbeck -- "East of Eden" is my favorite. -"The Great Gatsby" (Different nuances every time I read it.) -Anything by Mark Twain -- Well worth re-reading. Beautifully written. very witty. . . . and remember: "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. INSIDE if a dog, it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx. -"The Milagro Beanfield War" -- John Nichols. A hoot!
ExaminedLife December 20, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut. This was a gift given to me at age 16, and I have been in love with Vonnegut ever since.
Ash Leigh December 20, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Last Christmas I got, The Hunger Games trilogy. Easy read and way better than the movie.
Alyssa December 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Jane Austen and the Archangel... changed the way I saw Jane (and Angels!)

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