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Kate Beckinsale Kicks Off National Reading Month

Posted Friday March 2, 2012 1:35 PM GMT

Doing her best to encourage literacy amongst today's youth, Kate Beckinsale helped kickstart National Reading Month by making an appearance at Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles on Thursday (March 1).

The "Underworld" actress grabbed a seat as a gaggle of youngsters and their parents swarmed around her during her book reading session as part of The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program in benefit of Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).

The Barnes & Noble visit comes just as Kate spoke of her adoration for books in a new interview with Parade magazine, as she said, “I grew up as an only child and my mother was also an only child, so we were both very passionate about reading. I think I passed that on to my daughter, who went plowing through Harry Potter and every other book possible! I just think especially in this day and age when you’re constantly fighting the pull of the Internet and television, there’s something about reading that is an active thing for children to do. It opens up their world completely and improves their vocabulary and they can use their imagination. I’m quite old fashioned about things like that, and I really do believe it’s terribly important.”

As for her personal favorite books from her childhood, the 38-year-old dished, “I loved all the E. Nesbit books like Five Children and It and The Enchanted Castle. As I got older, we had a real craze in our country called The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, which everybody was really into. I was reading Jane Eyre when I was 11 and I loved that. Actually, my daughter read Jane Eyre when she was 11, too. I wasn’t very frightened of classic novels. I feel like my brain is more geared towards a novel than it is to a movie. “

Enjoy the pictures of Kate Beckinsale at The Nestlé Share the Joy of Reading Program (March 1).

Photo Credit: AP Images