Thursday, November 29, 2012

Take A Child To A Bookstore

This Saturday December 1 marks the third annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. This event was started by author and mother Jenny Milchman, whose debut novel, Cover of Snow (Ballantine), comes out in January. 
She initiated this project as away to encourage other parents to share the joy of being in a bookstore with their children.
“Bookstores hold a place in the hearts and times of our community. They are places to discover an author, a story, a life. Nothing affords the conversation and interaction among books and book lovers that a bookstore does. In the future, whether you download your story or pluck a volume off a shelf, a bookstore will be able to accommodate. But in order for bookstores to flourish and thrive, we must expose future generations to the unique pleasures they offer,” writes Milchman 
Last year, 400 bookstores in the US participated as well as stores in the UK, Canada and Australia. This year 1,100 stores have received materials related to the event. Last week we were encouraged to shop locally and support small businesses. Taking a child to a bookstore this weekend would be another way to support small businesses by going to a local independent bookstore. Perhaps you will find that perfect book among one of the shelves waiting to find a place in your home.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent idea. I don't think I ever went to a bookstore as a child. Can't recall that one existed anywhere in the region of southwestern Minnesota where I grew up.