While at the mall a few days ago, I indulged in searching through a used book sale. I originally had no intention of looking through the book sale but could not resist. I did remember I was supposed to give a Christmas gift for my nephew and niece, so I decided to scan the shelves for good children's books. Happily, I found two good books by Dr. Seuss, And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, and Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?, and for a good price.
Good children's books are always on my list of gifts to give. Before I give them out though, I make sure that I've read it before giving it away. (One of my pet peeves is to be given a book by someone who has obviously not read the book. I will mention no names to protect the guilty.) I admit that I also wanted to reread the Mulberry street book; it brings back the time when I was in second grade and I newly discovered the joys of library access.
Not all of the books I give out to kids are American or British. When looking for children's books, one local source I use is Adarna House, a publisher that specializes in Filipino children's books. Adarna books, as well as other children's books written and published in the Philippines, can be a good buy. A typical book costs only around PhP 75 or about a dollar and a half, so they make cost-effective gifts. Before giving them out, though, make sure you've read the book. :-)