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A great cause involving books: "Erik's Book Drive."

I thought I would share this opportunity for all of us bookish types, whether reader or writer or both, to contribute to a great cause: A children's book library at  the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children. The drive for books is in honor of a three-year-old boy named Erik who loved to read, but sadly died of leukemia. You can find the Facebook page for Erik's Book Drive here. Amazon has a wish list, but you can send any new or gently used children's books (for young children, tweens, teens). I sent a copy of Treehugger for teen patients and a Junie B. Jones boxed set for younger ones. My daugther used to practically eat those Junie books! So I chose those just because the memory of Junie books all over the house made me smile. (Now we have Animorph books all over the place!) Anyway, I hope Erik's parents are able to create a great big beautiful library in his name.

What children's books are the most memorable from your early reading days? My favorite heroine was Pippi Longstocking, but I was in love with Lyle Lyle the Crocodile and The Man who Never Washed His Dishes, too!