Who grew up with Reader’s Digest? My great-aunt was a devoted subscriber. When we visited, I’d drink a coke with a straw from a green glass bottle, and I’d read.
Pages and pages of stories. Some written by celebrities; others written by regular folks.
And even though we didn’t get to drink Coke in school, I was delighted when my fifth grade reading teacher announced that the class would have a subscription to the kids’ edition.
We each got a copy to read, although sadly, we didn’t get to keep it. I still remember the stories about Glenn Cunningham and Helen Keller.
Reader’s Digest was started by Dewitt Wallace, who loved the idea of condensing stories and putting them into a magazine. With the help of his wife Lila, he published the first issue in February of 1922 (when they were much younger than there are in the photo):
Reader’s Digest books just published this collection of their most inspirational stories:
GIVEAWAY: Reader’s Digest Books is offering Friend for the Ride one copy of Treasury of Joy and Inspiration. Post a comment by March 5 saying you’d like to win. Winner will be selected at random.
The book makes a great gift, and the stories work well as read alouds for those of you who read aloud in classrooms or other settings.