Books as Christmas presents -- I loved them then. Right after tearing away the Christmas wrappers off what obviously is a book present, I'd hunker down the mattress and read.
Even as a child I loved books. I remember, I was to turn 10 and was promised a bike on my birthday as it was what I wished for; but then some encyclopedia salespeople turned up in our house, and did I cry a bucket to close the sale! Those guys should have shared me some of their commissions. I didn't get my BMX bike until 2 years after, but until now, looking back, I consider that to be the best bargain I made in my life.
I also remember , in my teens, saving up my baon to be able to buy pocket books -- the Classics: among many, I recall Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson, Miguel de Cervantes, Emily Bronte, Joseph Conrad, Daniel Defoe, Alexandre Dumas, Jules Verne, Walt Whitman and Hardy Boys [now, they should be classics, right? =) ] It wasn't all high literature--I've often told, they were not for my age--I also collected boxfulls of DC and Marvel comics. I also loved to draw. Schoolbreaks are for drawing/painting, reading and biking around the roads and hills of Marikina.
I reminisced as I am again in search of books for my daughter. I'll share you what I found which is ideal for the times (Christmas and Climate Change).
A creative holiday story that introduces kids to environmental awareness with ways that they can make a big difference.