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Celebrity Book Picks

The books that touched the lives of headliners in the music industry, television, movies, law, publishing, and sports are the subject of a survey released February 22, 2001 by the National Education Association.

Would you have guessed that Stephen King's favorite book as a teenager was Lord of the Flies? Or that Steven Spielberg loved Treasure Island as a child?

We asked our respondents about their favorite children's book and their favorite adult book.

Name Children's Book Teenage/Adult Book
Troy Aikman, football player Dr. Seuss books ***
Laila Ali, boxer The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Tim Allen, actor Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
Rep. Dick Armey (R-TX) *** Call of the Wild by Jack London
Margaret Atwood, author Grimm's Fairy tales ***
Alec Baldwin, actor *** To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tyra Banks, model Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Dave Barry, author Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne Robert Benchley books
Halle Berry, actress The Three Bears (The Brothers Grimm) Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Leslie Bibb, actress *** Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Bigg Tigger, TV personality Durango Street by Frank Bonham The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Drew Bledsoe, football player *** Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Judy Blume, author Madeline by Ludwig Bemelman ***
Jim Brady, former press secretary to Ronald Reagan Rhythm of Redmen (author unkown) ***
Sarah Brady, activist Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene
Justice Stephen Breyer, U.S. Supreme Court Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson Nostromo by Joseph Conrad
LeVar Burton, actor *** Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Kate Capshaw, actor Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers The plays of Albert Camus and works of Jean Paul Sarte
Jim Carrey, actor Dr. Seuss books ***
Cheryl Chase, actor Hansel and Gretel (The Brothers Grimm) Florence Nightingale by Basil Miller
Chevy Chase, actor Doctor Doolittle books by Hugh Lofting Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Julia Child, chef Ralph on the Engine by Allen Chapman ***
Tom Clancy, author *** 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Former President Bill Clinton Dick and Jane Readers (Scott Foresman Publishers) The Silver Chalice by Thomas B. Costain, and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown ***
Katie Couric,TV personality Light a Single Candle by Beverly Butler ***
Courtney Cox, actor The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiller by E. L. Konigsburg
Paula Danziger, author The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Tomie DePaola, author Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachael Field ***
Kirk Douglas, actor The Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope You Can't Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe
Michael Douglas, actor Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss ***
Michael Eisner, Disney CEO *** White Fang by Jack London
Hector Elizondo, actor Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Gloria Estefan, musician Charlotte's Web by E. B. White A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Marshall Faulk, football player Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ***
Jaime Foxx, actor Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ***
Morgan Freeman, actor, Read Across America Chair Liza Lou and the Yeller Belly Swamp by Mercer Mayer ***
Eddie George, football player *** The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO) How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss ***
Danny Glover, actor Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey ***
Cuba Gooding, Jr., actor Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak ***
Former Vice President Al Gore Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater ***
Katherine Graham, author Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Alex Haley, author *** The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Darryl Hannah, actor Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss ***
Charlton Heston, actor *** Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Catherine Hicks, actor Lassie Come Home by Rosemary Wells A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Faith Hill, musician Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ***
Whitney Houston; musician, actor The Bible Yes, I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr. by Sammy Davis Jr. et al
Kathy Ireland, model Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman The Bible
Molly Ivins, journalist *** The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Janet Jackson, musician The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss ***
Bill Joel, musician *** A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain
Earvin "Magic" Johnson, retired basketball player Jack and the Beanstalk (author unknown) ***
James Earl Jones , actor The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss ***
Dean Jones, actor David Goliath (The Bible) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Steven Kellogg, author The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ***
Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Lad, A Dog by Albert Payson Terhune ***
Larry King, journalist Jack and the Beanstalk (author unknown) Lou Gehrig: A Quiet Hero by Frank Graham
Stephen King, author McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lisa Kudrow, actor Stuart Little by E. B. White ***
Ricki Lake, actor The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ***
Ann Landers, journalist Charlotte's Web by E. B. White The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Kristine Lilly, soccer player Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss ***
Lucy Liu, actor The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
Keith Lockhardt, conductor The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster ***
Patrick McEnroe, tennis player The Sloth's Birthday Party by Diane Redfield Massie Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Donovan McNabb, football player Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss ***
Bette Midler, actor The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Taylor Momsen, actor Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak ***
Mandy Moore, musician A Land Remembered by Patrick D. Smith A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
Paul Newman, actor Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain The Building of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes
*NSync Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Bill Nye, actor Carry On Mr. Bowditch by Jean La Catham Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Rosie O'Donnell, actor Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Haley Joel Osment, actor The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Angela Perez, Miss America 2001 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Annie Potts, actor The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett ***
Secretary of State Colin Powell *** My Antonia by Willa Cather
Rob Reiner; actor, director Boys and Girls Together by William Saroyan The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Former Attorney General Janet Reno The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ***
Former Secretary of Education Richard Riley The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Rock, professional wrestler *** The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr. (author unknown)
Fred Rogers, actor The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery ***
Tim Russert, journalist The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss Black Like Me by Howard Griffin
Renee Russo, actor The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss ***
Winona Ryder, actor *** The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Warren Sapp, football player The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle ***
Former Rep. Patricia Schroeder Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter ***
Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf *** White Fang by Jack London
Willard Scott, TV personality The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper ***
Maurice Sendak, author The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald The Pirate Twins by Willian Nicholson
Jane Seymour, actor Grimm's Fairy Tales Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper ***
Molly Shannon, actor The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss ***
(Judge) Judy Sheindlin The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck ***
Will Smith, actor Dr. Seuss books ***
Kevin Spacey, actor *** Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke, et al
Aaron Spelling, actor Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Steven Spielberg, director Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Gloria Steinem; author, activist My Book House by Olive Beaupree Miller Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Connie Stevens, actor Black Beauty by Anna Sewell The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Barbara Walters, journalist The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery ***

 


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