One of my best childhood experiences I ever had was going to a bookstore—it was an endless garden of discovery and delight of just about everything that I wanted to learn about. And I would carefully save up portions of my allowance to buy some longed-for volume, and be thrilled when my parents added more books to my important purchase.
That early habit has become a lifelong love with all things books, and I’ll gladly bypass going to a mall—unless it has a bookstore. My folks knew then to “green” her mind, and she’ll “green” her life.
Now, there’s a special day to raise awareness for children as to what bookstores have in store just for them: Take Your Child To A Bookstore Day.
Marking its fifth year, this event has spread world-wide, with happenings in every U.S. state, a few Canadian provinces, and countries overseas. It was created by author and book-loving mom, Jenny Milchman, to raise a strong awareness in sharing the joy of bookstores with children Always held on the first Saturday in December, it’s a fantastic opportunity for kids to interact with “real” booksellers, the people who make books the center of their daily lives.
Positive support has boosted this homegrown promotion from a mere 80 stores, to over 700 bookstores and venues worldwide. Check out the website, plus the Facebook group page. So, do something totally different with a child on this day. Instead of heading for the game store, or considering another big-screen TV, take Milchman’s recommendation to heart:
“Take a child in your life to a bookstore. Watch his face light up as you give him free access, not just with a new book, but to tomorrow.”