Friday, November 19, 2010

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

My friend Jenny Milchman has established the holiday of her dreams.  And 'tis a lovely thing!

And the date is December 4th, 2010

How lovely is that?!

AND there's a gorgeous poster to boot!

I love this idea.  Especially for those who are concerned that "real" books might be disappearing.  I'm not in that camp.  I think we'll always have real books - right along with ebooks.  I think there's plenty of room for both in our lives.  I'm a buyer of both.  (ah HA!  a blog topic - Yay!  but for another day).

I did read recently, however, that picture books might be on the decline.  That, to me, is horribly sad.  To think of children of the future not having that joy of sitting down with a picture book in their lap, or a pop-up book, isn't something I can even bear thinking of.

And - we all know that a lot of our indy bookstores have been closing their doors lately.  Another sad business.

"Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day" isn't by any stretch of the imagination meant to ignore our libraries.  Heavens no!  They're another of our greatest treasures - also, sadly enough, in danger in some communities.

Bookstores and libraries have lived happily together for many years, and we'd all love to see them continue their happy coupling, free of the insecurities and instabilities wrought by today's economy.

I keep my librarians pretty busy.  I also do my part in helping my favorite bookstores.  I'm a "pusher."  Once I've discovered a book I love, I tend to "push" it onto friends I think might enjoy it.  A lot of times that means buying several copies to give as gifts.  And my favorite baby gifts include not just a book, but one of the adorable plush characters to go along with it - I love finding these at the bookstore.

So, let's help Jenny get her holiday off the ground with a bang.  If you don't have a child to take to a bookstore, just help pass the word.  Maybe print out a copy of her gorgeous poster and ask your bookstores to hang it.

Anything to help promote reading is a grand thing.  Right?!


jenny milchman said...

Kaye, fair lover of books & words, thank you so much for getting behind this Day! It is an equal opportunity occasion--sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, students--bring a child in your life to a bookstore on December 4th and introduce her or him to the pleasures that await there. And next year we'll add Take Your Child to a Library Day :)

dleisert said...

I am sharing this on my Facebook page. Yesterday, I made sure to buy picture books for all the small people in my family, and added some hardback picture books to the Toys for Tots barrels.

I can't imagine not enjoying reading. Since I don't have any kids to take to a bookstore, I am doing my best to at least bring the bookstore to them.

Mason Canyon said...

What a wonderful idea. I'm definitely passing this along. I don't have children, but I do have young cousins that I want to encourage to read and enjoy it as much as I do.

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Vicki Lane said...

I sent the link to three of my favorite bookstores and one has already put it up on their FB page.

Such a lovely idea!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I buy only books for my grand-niece and -nephews, and I only buy those books at one of the indie bookstores in town. Since I also try to select books by local authors (sometimes signed), I rarely select something they've already read.

They live too far away to take them with me to the bookstore, but they now have a tradition that whenever Aunt Pat's books arrive, the package gets opened, no matter how much in advance of the birthday or Christmas Day they're received.

On a recent trip to visit our first grandchild, an 18-month old girl who already likes books, we took her to a bookstore and let her choose a few additions to her library. It was an incredible experience to see her reject books the adults selected and choose the ones that she wanted.