To celebrate International Literacy Day 2017, Penguin Books Australia asked on Facebook: What is the first book you remember reading?
I don’t remember mine, but it must have been a Sooty or Joe 90 Annual—I still have Sooty (handed down to my son), but sadly Joe 90 went AWOL long ago.
I lived with my grandparents as a kid, and they had kept my father’s Film Fun Annuals from the 1940s. And I recall reading the comic-book style stories about Laurel and Hardy, and Abbott and Costello et al.
Enid Blyton Inspiration
In fact, Enid Blyton’s books inspired me to write (and illustrate!) my own adventure book as a ten-year-old: Sand Island. And I still have treasure first-and-only edition!
What about you? What is the first book you remember reading?
© 2017 Robert Fairhead
N.B. You might also be interested in this blog post, The Gorilla Hunters by RM Ballantyne (March 2018). It’s about one of my father’s first books.
Welcome to the blog posts and selected writing of a middle-aged dad and dog owner. Among other things, Robert is an editor and writer at Tall And True, an online showcase and forum for writers, readers and publishers. In 2020, he published his first collection of short stories, Both Sides of the Story (available from Amazon).