"Past winners include Oklahoma in 2007 and Kentucky in 2008,
with each state receiving 50,000 new books for children in need."
All you have to do is go to their website and vote for the state of your choice by September 30, 2009. You don't have to say which book got you hooked, but they are keeping track and will announce which books were the best "hookers." (disclaimer: I just wanted to share this website because it is a great cause and I want North Carolina to get 50,000 books - no one gave me anything to do this)
For me it was The Polar Express. The pictures seemed to come alive and the words made me feel like I was on the train going to the north pole. This was the first time I realized books could take me places. Nathaniel's favorite book as a young one was The Very Hungry Caterpillar. He loved to have me read it over and over. Tyler was a big fan of Where the Wild Things Are. I guess some books never go out of style. These days they are reading every book they can get their hands on.
What book got you hooked?
"The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older." ~Chris Van Allsburg