On Wednesday morning, Colleen Lindsay made a simple suggestion to her more than 71,000 Twitter followers:
We're sharing books and authors we're thankful for! Or share the name of someone who helped you become a reader! Use #readerthanks tag.
— Colleen Lindsay (@ColleenLindsay) November 23, 2011
What followed was a list of reasons ranging from the truly sincere…
#readerthanks For the doctors who figured out I'm dyslexic and the teachers who patiently taught me to read over the next 3 years.
— Nancy Keim Comley (@KeimComley) November 23, 2011
… to the silly (and vaguely suggestive).
Thank you to Dr. Seuss, who taught me that making ones tongue numb is really quite fun. #readerthanks
— Caroline Willis (@DirtyCarrie) November 23, 2011
Readers proved thankful for families, teachers, librarians, and authors who showed them the world as seen through books. Here are a few favorites:
Big thank you to David Levithan. BOY MEETS BOY, let me believe someday I could fall in love without being beaten up first. #readerthanks
— Zachary Hornback (@zacharyhornback) November 23, 2011
#readerthanks to Scholastic Book Club for giving this lonely weirdo something to look forward to in school. Order forms were like Christmas.
— Jackie Gamber (@BigImagineJacks) November 23, 2011
#readerthanks To Pepsi Cola, who allowed me to turn in the empties for cash when I was a kid so I could buy books.
— S.K.S. Perry (@sksperry) November 23, 2011
I thought it was nice that one of the authors who was thanked by so many people took time out to show his humble appreciation.
Thou art welcome, world. #readerthanks
— William Shakespeare (@willshake) November 23, 2011
I hadn’t realized he was on Twitter.