Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
My favorite children’s Christmas book is Jingle the Christmas Clown by Tomie dePaola. When I was about five years old, my grandmother gave me this book for Christmas. She had gone to a book signing with Tomie dePaola and had him autograph the story for me. She also trimmed an article out of her local paper about Tomie and the book signing and laminated it. The article is still in the book like a bookmark.
I believe this is the first autographed book I received, and it meant so much to me that my grandma would go to the book signing and purchase a copy of this little book for me. It means so much more to me now! It was a perfect story choice because the book has lots of baby animals, and I was obsessed with animals when I was young. I still love Tomie dePaola’s illustrations! Even though the book is cute, it means so much to me because my grandmother gave it to me.
I’m tearing up as I write this because my grandma had a stroke three years ago and is in a nursing home. She can’t communicate with us much at all, and we have no idea how much she can understand when we talk with her. Christmas each year was one of the few times I got to see my grandparents when I was growing up, and I was sad not to see them more often. I’m looking forward to visiting her and my grandpa for Christmas this year as well! I know I’m lucky to still have them both.
Do you remember the first autographed book you received? Or a book that was a favorite because of who gave it to you?