***this is a sticky post until December 1, 2008***
When I was small, my cousin Cora was my idol. She was about 15 years older than I, was attending college (something no other woman in my family had yet done), was well read and intelligent. She also played the piano, and actually started me out by teaching me those little one finger pieces every beginner must learn.
Cora always gave me a book for Christmas. A hardcover book at that. I got the complete Little House series, one by one. All the Betsy Tacy books, and some Nancy Drews (don’t shoot me, but I was never a huge Nancy fan).
Those bookish gifts made quite an impression on me. They meant that this adult took my reading life seriously and knew that books were important enough to be fitting gifts.
I’ve carried on that tradition whenever possible, giving books as gifts to any children on my holiday shopping lists (which, at one time, included all three of Cora’s children!)
So I’m quite happy to join My Friend Amy’s promotion and pledge to Buy Book’s For The Holidays. I especially encourage you to begin a holiday tradition of buying books for the children on your list – nieces, nephews, godchildren, and cousins. If you’re able, sit down with the littlest ones and read their book gift to them. I promise it will make a precious memory for you both.
Because I feel so strongly about encouraging and enabling children to read, I’m also supporting First Book, a non-profit organization whose aim is to provide books to children in need. For everyone who comments here between now and December 1, 2008, with a pledge to purchase a book for a child in their life this holiday season, I will donate $2.50 to First Book (their cost to provide a child with a book). Since Random House is matching all gifts to First Book until December 31, 2008, together we can put a lot of books into the hands of children this holiday season. Plus, I’ll enter your name in a giveaway for a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card, so you can purchase some books as gifts for yourself.
Let’s make some bookish memories for children this holiday season. You never know, you might become someone’s idol, just like my cousin Cora did.