10 Celebrities Share Their Favorite Childhood Books

I’m sure we all had favorite books when we were younger. For me, I always loved the Junie B. Jones series, Harry Potter, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. We often reminisce about our childhoods and how we came to love reading, because the books we read changed our lives and taught us valuable lessons. It’s fun to share our favorite books with others, and recently, celebrities and authors told Entertainment Weekly what their favorite children’s books were! 

Take a look:

1) Rainn Wilson

The Phantom Tollbooth. I loved the wordplay, the humor and the fanciful characters, and the wild imagination. I wanted to be that little boy driving with his dog in the toy car through all the magical kingdoms.” 


2) Stephenie Meyer

Little WomenA Little PrincessAnne of Green Gables. These were all happy worlds I visited so many times I lost count.” 


3) Roxane Gay

The Little House on the Prairie books. All of them.”


4) Amy Schumer

“Roald Dahl’s The BFG was huge.”


5) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton. I was entranced by the children who had these wonderful adventures and who were always magically at the right place at the right time. They go off to an island on a picnic, for example, and it turns out there’s an old dungeon there used by smugglers, and they, of course, solve the crime.”


6) Rick Riordan 

Fletcher and Zenobia by Edward Gorey and Victoria Chess. A wonderful mixture of fantasy, 60s psychedelia, and Gorey’s macabre sense of humor.”


7) Suzanne Collins

“I’ve had a lifelong love of mythology, so I’d have to top the list with Myths & Enchantment Tales by Margaret Evans Price, which belonged to my mom when she was a girl.”


8) Jonathan Franzen

“I loved anything with talking or thinking animals — A.A. Milne, the Narnia novels, Doctor Dolittle, Wind in the Willows, the great collection of Peanuts strips. This seems a little strange now, given that I was afraid of dogs and that my parents didn’t let me have any pets except for hamsters and turtles, which I didn’t love, and which were always dying on me.”


9) Kelly Clarkson

“It was the first ‘big’ book I ever read. I was alone a lot as a kid, so I related to Matilda, in the sense that she was on her own too. I also loved that she was the underdog.” 


10) Ethan Hawke

“I’ve probably read it 10 to 15 times. My father gave it to me for Christmas when I was a kid. He read it aloud to me, I read it by myself, and now I read it to my son. You cannot do better than The Hobbit.”




All images and quotes courtesy of Entertainment Weekly