JFK was universally acknowledged to be a voracious reader (like many people who have lonely childhoods or distant relationships with their mothers.)
JFK took to books from a very early age, where he passed the time while ill in bed with various childhood illnesses. Rose, who wanted her children accomplished and educated, encouraged his interest in books and sometimes read to Jack. Many times he simply read on his own, learning the tales of Peter Pan, Black Beauty, and Sinbad the Sailor. He read the Waverly novels of Sir Walter Scott, King Arthur and the Round Table, and the amusing stories of Billy Whiskers, about a billy goat, and Reddy Fox who found excitement and adventure in the world of humans.