Saturday, December 3, 2011

A New Discovery





Are you familiar with Take Your Child to Work that occurs once a year?  It is a day set aside where children during the school day have the opportunity to visit and experience their parent's work setting first hand. Well Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day occurs today nationwide that encourages families to visit a local bookstore in their area. What a great marketing device to encourage patronage of bookstores especially local independent ones. And the best part is it encourages reading in the household. 

In November 2010, suspense writer and mother Jenny Milchman wrote a blog post about what how if she ever got famous she would like to start a bookstore day for kids. “We need to show our children the pleasure, not just of a story, or even of a book, but of a bookstore. A place of half-hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Where you pluck things off shelves that are richer than jewels. Scheherazade’s lair,” she wrote. Within a month, Milchman’s idea for Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day had gone viral and 80 bookstores around the country participated last December.
This Saturday marks the second annual kids’ bookstore day and now more than 250 bookstores in 45 states, Canada, England, and Australia are participating. 
I went to Children's Publisher's Weekly and copied their list of recommended reading. So if you just happen to be out and about doing your weekend shopping here are some ideas.
  
TOP 6 CHILDREN'S FICTION
1
The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus #2) Rick Riordan / Author
2
Crossed Ally Condie / Author
3
Every Thing On It Shel Silverstein / Author
4
The Outcasts John Flanagan / Author
5
The Lost Hero Rick Riordan / Author
6
Wonderstruck Brian Selznick / Illustrator
TOP 6 CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK
1
Elf on the Shelf Carol V Aebersold / Author
2
If You Give a Dog a Donut Laura Joffe Numeroff / Author, Felicia Bond / Illustrator
3
The LEGO Ideas Book Daniel Lipkowitz / Author, Sebastiaan Arts / Contribution by, Tim Goddard / Contribution by, Deborah Higdon / Contribution by, Barney Main / Contribution by, Duncan Titmarsh / Contribution by
4
Home for Christmas Jan Brett / Author
5
Llama Llama Holiday Drama Anna Dewdney / Author
6
Heaven Is for Real for Kids Todd Burpo / Author, Sonja Burpo / Author, Colton Burpo / Author, Wilson Ong / Illustrator
TOP 6 CHILDREN'S SERIES & TIE-INS
1
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney / Author
2
Inheritance Cycle Christopher Paolini / Author
3
Hunger Games Suzanne Collins / Author
4
Twilight saga Stephenie Meyer / Joint Author
5
Magic Tree House Osborne, Mary Pope /
6
House of Night PC Cast and Kristin Cast /
Holiday Gift Idea: Swiss Mocha Mix
Use a pint size (double recipe if using quart size) mason jar with lid. Punch a hole in a recipe card listing ingredients and directions. Thread ribbon through punched hole and secure around the lid of the jar.
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup dry hot chocolate mix
  • 1 cup powdered coffee creamer
  • 1/3 cup instant coffee mix
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 TB. sugar    
Directions:
  • Layer ingredients adding the spices in with coffee mixture 
  • One serving use 4 tsp. to 1 cup of boiling water
  • Mix and serve

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