If you’re attending Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, please bring a new children’s book to donate to the Redskins Read Children’s Book Drive. These books will go directly to underserved youth in the greater Washington, D.C. region; there will be collection bins all around the stadium.
For two years running now, I’ve asked players in the locker room to recommend their favorite children’s books, and for two years running almost everybody (except Fred Smoot) has recommended Green Eggs & Ham. I like Green Eggs & Ham just fine, although it’s far from my favorite Dr. Seuss book, but I was getting a little of tired of it as a recommendation.
Still, at year three something like this becomes a tradition (and therefore a moral imperative), so I figured I’d give it another shot.
Things did not start promisingly with Phillip Buchanon. “When I was a little kid, man, it was all about Sam I Am,” he said. “Green Eggs & Ham was my favorite one I can think of.”
Fortunately, of the four new guys I posed this question to, Buchanon was the only one who went with the old standby. Here are the other three:
“For awhile it was Charlotte’s Web. I loved that book. I would read it over and over.”
“I used to have a crazy amount of Berenstein Bears books. If you grew up in the eighties, you know what those books were. They came out with mad books, and I had an awful lot of ‘em. They were pretty good, and they made hundreds of ‘em on different family topics and issues.”
“All of the Curious George books. I used to love those. What’s crazy is that a couple of years ago I had my first daughter and I wanted her to experience ‘em. So I went online and I found a whole collection — all the Curious George books, all the Dr. Seuss books, the Cat In The Hats, a total of like over 100 books that I bought. Now both my kids love those books too.”
So there you go. A few non-Sam-I-Am suggestions to bring and donate. And, as a thanks for reading this far, here’s a downloadable Santana Moss bookmark.
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