Best Bedtime Books

Celebrities reveal their favorite childhood stories.

Introduction

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Long before they entered the spotlight, today's celebrities were ordinary kids whose parents tucked them in each night with a bedtime story. For many of them, one special book so influenced their young lives that they've made sure to share it with their own children. Here are their favorites -- chances are, some of them are yours, too.

Cokie Roberts

I read all of Louisa May Alcott's books, starting with Little Women. I even walked around with a clothespin on my nose, trying to make it go straight instead of pointing up, just like the character Amy. When my husband, Steve, was growing up, he knew his favorite author pretty well -- his father. Between 1944 and 1948, Will Roberts wrote nine books under the pseudonym Jeffrey Victor, a combination of his sons' middle names. The books were mostly devoted to teaching kids how things worked: The Train Book, for example, was based on trips to the local station that Steve and his twin brother made with their dad. For many years these books were lost, so we could not read them to our own children. But thanks to the Internet and used-book sites, we've recently assembled a complete set, and we look forward to sharing them with our grandchildren.

Rob Lowe

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I loved The Mouse and the Motorcycle. I have very vivid memories of reading that book with my brother, Chad. The illustrations were outstanding. I just bought a hardcover copy for my boys: Matthew, who's 7, and John Owen, 5. Just sitting outside and reading is a great leisure-time activity for us.

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