After Blue Christmas yesterday, it’s time for something lighter. Did you know today is the day to take a child to a bookstore? If you don’t have a child, well…we’re all children at hearts when it comes to books. 🙂
I recently learned of this day, and it’s a great excuse for a good cause. If you can’t go to a physical bookstore, you can always peruse online bookshelves.
December 5th is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day
Why does this make me so giddy? Because I love, love, love, love, love to hang out at the book store with my little ones and any excuse I have to go, I snag. We are really lucky to be in a town with more than one independent bookstore. While the big bookstores have loads to offer, there is something magical about an independent store. As you can see from my photos below, our local books store is someplace we go to play, eat, read, meet up with friends, and get hugs. Yes, we are known so well there, my kiddos get hugs. It is a pretty amazing thing.
What I didn’t realize until recently was that there was a day to celebrate what we already loved to do. Take Your Child To A Bookstore is an actual organization that fosters the love of the local bookstore. It started with one mom bringing her kids to store hour at their local store and bloomed from there. They even have a map to help you find a great bookstore near you.
If you haven’t been to your local store lately, December 5th would be a great day to check it out. They are so much more than the book section at your local discount store. If you are reading and this saying to yourself, “But I don’t have kids”, no worries. Bookstores have something for everyone and I don’t know about you,but the bookstore brings out the little kid in me.
My four year old just told me to be sure that you get an Elephant and Piggie book while you are at the bookstore. She is referring to the Mo Willem’s series about two friends who are a pig and an elephant. They are her current favorite. She actually likes to go to the doctor’s office because they have all of the series. I love that a book can do that.
My eight year old is all about non-fiction now, but his all time favorite book is Richard Scarry’s What People Do All Day. I actually just ordered him a new one after a certain two year old decided it was a coloring book. You know a book is well loved when you are on copy number three.
My seven year old is all about I Can Read It Myself books right now, but if you ask her her favorite, she will usually say Froggy Gets Dressed, by Jonathan London. I am pretty sure that is because her dad is the best at reading stories and he makes that one hilarious for all.
My two year old loves all books right now. She doesn’t have a go to favorite, but she is rarely without a book. Unfortunately, she has recently discovered coloring books as well, so crayon patrol is a must.
What are the favorite books at your house? What were your favorite books as a child?
Delphina Henley is an author, reader, and mother. She truly does spend a lot of time at her local bookstore and yes that is her in the unicorn mask.
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- Day 3: Giving Tuesday
- Day 4: Pizza and Poker/Holiday Recipe Exchange
- Day 5: Little Lynnie’s Christmas Crackers
- Day 6: Blue Christmas
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