By Teresa K. Flatley
As mentioned in the "Word of the Day" article in this issue of Boom This!, I have been cleaning out some old books from my office.My chore spurred me to want to look up words in my old thesaurus to prove to myself that it was still useful and worth keeping, and also to take a look through some of the books I still have from my childhood.
Many of these books were about Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames, my favorite characters. I can remember how excited I was when we would go to the Gaylord's discount store in town and I was allowed to buy a new book for $0.79, which in those days was a lot of money. So getting to buy a book occasionally was a real treat.
Thanks to my mother's penchant for inscribing every book she gave me, or anyone else, I can trace back to the occasions that warranted the gift of a book. Some I received on holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving or for my birthdays. One was given to me when my mom earned her first paycheck in many years. One was given to me when I had a tonsillectomy in 1960. And one was signed by all of the people who worked at my our family candy store for an occasion in December, 1960 that I don't recall.
So it seems that giving books is indeed the gift that keeps on giving. With that in mind, I would like to ask all Boom This! readers to send me the names of some of their favorite children's books. Whether they are still on your shelf or just firmly ensconced in your memory, please let me know what they are.I will try to post all of the titles in a future issue. And hopefully, this can become a wonderful reference guide for the next time you are looking for a gift for a young child in your life. And a helpful tool for the holidays!
Please send the names of your favorite children's books to my email.
Please also put the words "children's books" in the subject line so I don't miss your email.