Re: Choose Your Own Adventure books
I was a children's branch-librarian and that job gave me a new appreciation for children and young adult literature. My library sent me to a conference/talk that was given and the subject was: "The Best New Young Adult Books of 1998". I performed a mini-presentation for my home-library staff and on my recommendation, we purchased many of those books. Then, when we moved to WA State, the library up there hired me to give the same mini-presentation, but the audience also included area teachers and parents, not just library staff. Because it was a year later, their library system had many of the books and for several weeks before the presentation, we pulled them in and stockpiled them. It made a great presentation as I was able to pick up each book to talk about it, hand some of them around AND they were made available to check out to the patrons at the end of the presentation.
Even today, 10yrs after my library job, I still enjoy the young adult books. Don't feel bashful, go ahead and buy them, then your kids can read them when they get older! One book that I really enjoyed when I was in school, was "Mrs. Coverlet's Magicians". That could be a fun book to read to your kids.
*if anyone has objections to 'magic', it really did not contain any magic.