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“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.” Jenny Milchman
Jenny Milchman, my friend and a talented thriller writer — her newest book, The Second Mother, launches in July of 2020 (stay tuned!) — started “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day” in 2010 to bring young readers and books together. What began as an inspired idea has turned into a movement, as book bloggers and book lovers took the idea viral and brought their local bookstores on board.
This year, on Saturday, December 7, more than 800 bookstores in all 50 states and on 5 continents will take part and host events designed to share with kids all the treasures their shelves hold. Let the “Tenth Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day” begin!
As Jenny says so well, “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.”
So why not give the kids in your life a trip to your local bookstore this Saturday, December 7 or buy some children’s books to donate or send as gifts? I’m planning a trip to Watchung Booksellers, my favorite local indie, to pick up a few picture books for the kids on my holiday list. To learn more, visit: http://takeyourchildtoabookstore.org/
Bravo, Jenny — write on!