December 1st is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day! For the past three years, this special holiday has encouraged taking the young one(s) in your life to a place where they can “read, dream, grow.”
Jenny Milchman, who started this annual tradition, wrote about its origins:
“Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day began when my children were little and I was going to story time at bookstores nearly every week. Did all children know the pleasure of spending time in a bookstore? I wondered. Of being drawn into a magic world for a while, then being left to choose treasures on the shelf? I wanted to begin a holiday that would expose as many kids as possible to this joy.
But Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day quickly became bigger than one mother and her children. Bloggers and book lovers took it viral across the web, carried posters into bookstores, and welcomed me and my family to local bookstores when we traveled cross country last summer.
Now we are busily adding stores, helping support celebrations on the Day, and leading people to the wonderful places we have found. In the future, Take Your Child to a Bookstore may offer grants for children who can’t visit a bookstore on their own, or perhaps there will be internships for kids who want one day to own a bookstore. Because the sky is the limit when there is a book!”
Having always been a supporter of literacy and working at a great bookstore, I love this idea! People of all ages always get a thrill exploring our little store and finding their favorite books from their childhood days or meeting a new friend and just discovering the other many special touches scattered all over the place!
Do you have a favorite bookstore?