Oct 17 2012 8:11am

Which Book is Your First Love? ran an article recently that said that people whose early years were spent in “enriched environments”—i.e. with books—were more likely to score higher on intelligence tests.

Read the full article to get the science-y details, which have to do with thinner brain cortexes and such, but the upshot is that if there were books around when you are little, chances are good you will be smarter now.

Most readers can recall which book was the one that began their life-long love of reading. What's yours?

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1. mis2trye
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
My first love was actually twelve books--the color fairy tale books collected by Andrew Lang.
3. HelenaFairfax
I absolutely loved Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden. I came over from Uganda to the UK when I was 5, and felt horribly out of place. I could really identify with the young girl in this book, forced to move from India to a chilly England. I still have the battered copy I used to take with me to school. It was a great comfort to me and taught me that books can be a refuge in times of great stress.
4. Torifl
The Monster At The End Of This Book. *g* My mom read it to me when I was abt 3-4 and I adored it. I still have that copy.
Jasmine Ray
6. JassyBaby
My first love *giggle* is Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It was the second novel I ever read--the first was really a novella by Christine Feehan and was part of an anthology. I was 12 at the time and can't remember the name. But Night Play was the novel that began my life-long love of reading, specifically romance and its subgenres. I couldn't get enough of the hero and so I wanted to read more books and find similar heroes/heroines like Vane and Bride.
7. JacquiC
I read voraciously from the age of 4 and don't remember a lot of what I read in my early years. I do remember thinking The Secret Garden was the most perfect book ever. And HelenaFairfax, I ADORED Rumer Godden, including Miss Happiness and Miss Flower. I think my copy is still in a box in my parents' basement...
8. Lucy D
I also loved Monster at the End of this Book as well as Where the Wild Things Are and had to get copies for my kids. Also at Christmastime, we read Santa Mouse. When I found a copy of that and showed my brother, he flipped.
Heather Waters
9. HeatherWaters
Don't know if this is the first first, but I remember a teacher reading Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch and that I found it really touching. And like Megan, I was a sucker for fairy tales from an early age too.
10. keen23
I think I was in 2nd grade when I first read an abridged version of Little Women. It was about 100 pages long and had pictures. I was obsessed with Amy's pickled limes (whatever they are!) and loved that the story took place in Massachusetts (where I'm from). The story has stuck with me, and I re-read it at least once a year- the real version now, not the abridged. The Little House on the Prarie books also were favorites of mine- especially Farmer Boy.

My parents read to us a LOT. Mrs PiggleWiggle, the original Raggedy Anne and Andy books, and Dr Seuss.
Carol Cork
11. CarolAnn
I grew up in the 1950s and loved The Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.
12. tammye
My mom read "Heidi" and "Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt to my older sisters and I. That started me on my love affair with books!
13. Rose In RoseBear
When I was very young, perhaps three, we had a set of encylcopedias bound in (imitation?) Morrocan leather that had a matching set of children's stories and poetry. I adored those books and read them for entertainment, the encyclopedias and the story books both.
14. RVASarah
I loved a book called "The Monster Under the Bed" (?) and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs."
Jordan R
15. jrojrojro
My very favorite book was "John Patrick Norman McHennessy: the boy who was always late." It was about not being afraid to use your imagination and the end was kind of a stick it to the man type ending, although I didn't get that at the time. It had the most beautiful illustrations (I think watercolors), and I had the whole book memorized before I could even read at about age three. All I needed was for my parents to flip the page, and I knew what went with each picture. I still have that book and read it about once a year!
Rae Alley
16. rszalley
I apparently read "Poky Little Puppy" religiously (even in church!) when I was just starting out. But I'd say that what broke me in to being a lifelong reader was a librarian in elementary school who introduced me to the Marguerite O'Henry books related to the Chincoteague Island (Misty of, Sea Star, etc). I even begged my parents into visiting the Island during Pony Penning one year. I still have the commorative poster somewhere.
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