Last time I was at my parents’ home I went through the bookshelf in my pink childhood bedroom (I will never again admit I had a bright pink room as a child). Sitting there was a dusty copy of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I remember curling up in my parents’ bed with my brother when I was younger and listening to my mom read the story to us every night — it was a perfect bedtime ritual.
When my colleagues put up the newest titles on the First Book Marketplace this afternoon I saw the Wonderful Wizard of Oz was joining some of my other childhood favorites like Amelia Bedelia and Charlotte’s Web as options for programs to purchase. The First Book Marketplace is an online site where programs that serve children from low-income families can purchase books at incredibly reduced prices — we are trying to build a vast collection of titles no child should be without. Any recommendations from your childhood you think we should include?