I might already have recommended a book or two for people to buy for Christmas. There will probably be more mentions before you’ve run out of shopping days. Personally I’m too tired to keep track of how many there are left. But for the Children’s Book Tree in Edinburgh you’ve now got ten or eleven shopping days to go.
This is all coming via Nicola Morgan and her blog, so I don’t know all the finer details, but Blackwell’s in Edinburgh are asking people to phone in – or if you are actually there, to pop into the shop – and buy a book for a child. A child you don’t know, but who needs a book.
In the shop there is a tree hung with requests for books, from the very specific wish to the totally general. If you want to phone, this – 0131 622 8225 – is the number to use. Or, as I said, you could go there.
I sort of wish I could go, because I fancy reading through the requests (over 300, so get buying) to see if I have a soul mate out there, who would like the book I’d most like them to have. But I can’t, and my local Representative is somewhat busy, albeit a former employee of the Tree shop.
Don’t be shy! Someone you’ve not yet heard of needs a book more than your sister-in-law needs another bottle of perfume, or whatever you normally give her.