David Ezra Stein says, “Before I could read, I would make people read to me. I had this little toddler bed with an orange-stripey pillow. We would sit there and read.” He recalls his grandmother’s voice saying, “I think I can I think I can” from The Little Engine That Could—a strong auditory memory even today. Books grabbed hold of Stein from a young age, pushing him to read more and more. He didn’t discriminate in his choice of readers, either, sometimes drafting friends of his parents—relative strangers really. “Want to go to my room? Read books?” [Read more of David Ezra Stein’s profile.]
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