After reading this Ask Metafilter thread about life-altering experiences in childhood, I was reminded of the first book I was ever able to read on my own – or more specifically, the book I was perusing when the entire process of reading finally ‘clicked’ for me.
It was “Look Out For Pirates,” volume #22 in the Random House Beginner Books collection, originally published in 1961. I searched Amazon to see if it was still available, and found this page – filled with comments recommending that it be reprinted for both nostalgic and educational purposes.
As I recall, we had it checked out from the library for so long that we eventually had to buy it. I’m amazed I still remember this, so I’m curious if other people remember the first book they were able to read on their own. Post in the comments if you can.