Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The Best Gift Book Ever!
Growing up, most of us received books as holiday gifts. For some of us, this was a welcome event, for others, pretty dull compared to the toys. Either way, we all have memories of those old books that we've carried with us into our adult lives. Many of those books shaped who we are today. Following are some stories of the most memorable book-related gifts we've received as children.
Pam O.: Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberger. Received from my mother during a difficult time, it's a lovely book where the author explores phases of life inspired by the shells on the sea shore... "She helps readers find space for contemplation and creativity within their own lives."
Alana T.: Beatrix Potter books. When I was little, my grandfather and great aunt would each send me a book every Christmas. The books were tiny and full of quirky animals. Perfect! These are the only books I remember receiving as a gift.
Cary H.: The Little House on the Prairie complete book set. It came in a box that held all the books. I loved to read thing in order, so I was thrilled they were numbered. I was about 10.
Amanda E.: The Anne of Green Gables boxed set when I was in grade school. Love!
Judy T.: That Summer on Catalpa Street. My father bought these for me when he came home from a business trip. I was about 8 a the time and it seemed like such a grown-up present. I absolutely adored that book - for years.
Deanne H.: Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. My daughter gave me this for my graduation from library school. We attended the University of Illinois together.
Karen K.: The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. Given to me by my wonderful grandmother, these books carried me to Camelot and brought all the legends of Merlin and King Arthur to life. Then, I had to go on and read the other books in the trilogy.
Jessica W.: McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss. My Mom gave this to me for Christmas after I had almost continually had it continually checked out from the library for over four months! I was so happy when I had a copy of my own!
Zach H.: Time Travel In Einstein's Universe by J. Richard Gott. Using science fiction and physics as a guide, Gott explains the possibility of time travel.
Katherine R.: Kneadlessly Simple: Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead Breads by Nancy Baggett. The best no-knead bread book I've found.