In creating the “Storybook Project”, NPR hopes to raise awareness of the importance of reading at a young age. In setting a strong foundation for their projects, NPR asked a series of successful authors, actors, politicians, philanthropists, etc. what books they would recommend reading to youngsters.
Among the public figures interviewed were Ann Marie Slaughter, President and CEO of New America Foundation; Melinda Gates, philanthropist; Wendy Kopp, founder and chairwoman of Teach for America; Tony Robbins, author and motivational speaker; Amy Chua, Law professor at Yale and author; Miyam Bialik, “Big Bang Theory” star and neuroscientist; and Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York city.
Here are their top picks: