I was a voracious reader as a child, and Make Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal were definite favorites. While I gave my cousin's kids The 12 Days of Christmas in Minnesota this year, just maybe next year will be the perfect time to give a Boston-themed gift (believe it or not, it's the official children's book of Massachusetts!)
Written by Robert McCloskey in 1941, it tells the story of a family of ducks that make their new home in the Boston Common. It became such a popular book that statues of the ducks were installed in the common in 1987. Apparently there is a duckling parade every year on mother's day where little kids dress up as ducks and retrace the duck family's journey around Boston (I am so there).
(picture courtesy of MK)