J.J. Abrams Reveals Favorite Childhood Book at Milk + Bookies Event

J.J. Abrams

Celebrities brought their kids to the annual story-time event, and Henry Winkler discussed his struggles with learning to read.

The L.A. Times Festival of Books was not the only reading celebration taking place over the weekend. The sixth annual Milk + Bookies drew out the likes of celebrities and their children to the Skirball Center on Sunday afternoon.

"The book that I remember as a preschooler was a Dr. Seuss book Are You My Mother?" J.J. Abrams told The Hollywood Reporter. "There was something about it that was so simple, but for whatever reason, it pushed a button in me that just like devastated me. I'm now reading Death of a King, which I'm going to produce with [author] Tavis Smiley for television."

Happy Days star Henry Winkler said it's right up his alley to attend the annual event since he's the author of many children's books. "Fonzie" noted he was diagnosed with dyslexia and has since written a plethora of books centered on a dyslexic boy named Hank. The books are printed using a special font to make it easier to read the words.

"I just pressed 'send' on my 29th book," said Winkler, whose daughter is on the board of Milk + Bookies. The books that I write are 'can help' books for children."

Glee's Jayma Mays arrived on the red carpet with Puss in Boots from her new Netflix series The Adventures of Puss in Boots, where she voices one of the characters. Modern Family's Julie Bowen arrived with her two sons, who look forward to the story-time celebration every year.

"This is my kids' favorite event every year," said Bowen, who brought one of her family's favorite books: An Awesome Book of Thanks. "My son always acts like he's reading the book, but he already has it memorized."

Bowen read a children's book to a crowd of kids and their parents, who lounged out in beanbags making arts and crafts such as pinwheels and paper crowns. Children lunched on sandwiches, McConnell's ice cream and cookies as they were visited by classic book characters, such as Peter Pan, Hook, Pippi Longstocking and Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Harry Potter's Tom Felton and The Comeback's Dan Bucatinsky also read books out loud to the children. Guests were able to purchase new books or donate one to a child in need.

 

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