Does anyone remember the We Were There books? There were two I read over and over: We Were There at Pearl Harbor and We Were There at Guadalcanal. I would have been reading them around 1964, roughly twenty-five years after the events in the books took place, which seemed to me like forever ago.
I’m thinking of them because tomorrow I’m talking to Norma Jean Sawicki’s publishing class at Simmons; my topic, the last twenty-five years of children’s book publishing. I was there. How weird. Now I know why Betsy Hearne was once initially resistant to giving the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction to a book set during WWII. She was there, so it didn’t feel like history to her.