The first gift was from my former colleague, Gail. She was a nurse here who looked after my dorm's medical care, among many other nursing responsibilities. She now works at a hospital ER in Kentucky called Good Samaritans. They pitched in together and sent us a H U G E box of fun books. Such amazing generosity! I couldn't believe how many fun and cool books there were!
The second group that sent books is a friend named Jarilyn who visited here twice, in 2002 and 2003. She did a ton of research and found Portuguese kids books in the US! Three of her friends pitched in to cover the cost and we received a beautiful box of Portuguese books as well.
I gave them out together and then each group went into their rooms to read with their Tias. I think it was the quietest "reading" session they've ever had - everyone was thoroughly engrossed! I took turns going from room to room reading. Even if the books were in English I just translated (loosely!) as I read along. Most of them don't read very well or if they have English books, they just love looking at the photos and naming the objects or making up a story.
Thanks everyone for blessing my darling boys in such a tangible way!