Favorite Quotes on Books and Reading

"A book is a gift you can open again and again." Garrison Keillor

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.” Jane Yolen

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Oscar Wilde

"Books have furnished, burnished, and enabled my life." Julia Keller

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Let's Celebrate Books - An Update

Yesterday was Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day (TYCBD). My plan was to take my twin 6 y.o. nieces to my favorite local indie bookstore and buy them books. The plan was kind of, sort of, almost successful. We did make it to the bookstore, Taylor Books. We did purchase books. This is where the kind of, sort of, almost comes into play...my darling nieces decided that they needed "big kid" books as opposed to more age appropriate books. Rather than have a meltdown in the store over this issue (mine not theirs), I decided to let them choose their own books. Here's where things became even more interesting.

First a little background information on the girls might be helpful. My youngest nieces are fraternal twins. A. likes the color pink, adores all things glittery and glam, and is into gymnastics. J. likes the color purple, loves all things related to dinosaurs, dreams of getting a bearded dragon lizard, and is taking dance class. They are both cheerleaders for a local basketball league, and they love to wrestle with one another. I expected that J. would want to get a book on lizards, dinosaurs, or dragons. She insisted she wanted a book on horses, no problem. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from A. since she likes to keep us guessing. A. wasn't quite sure what book she wanted but wound up choosing a book on bizarre sea creatures. Again, not a problem but definitely not what I expected.

Here are my diva nieces (I had to obtain their permission to post this picture and they were quite adamant that it was only allowed if I didn't show their faces) perusing their books. Actually they're just hiding behind the books for the picture.




Miss A. chose a National Geographic Kids book, Weird Sea Creatures by Laura Marsh. The photographs are bright, colorful and awesome (my favorite is the blob fish) and the text is filled with fascinating facts about these creatures.


Miss. J. chose Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. Told you it wasn't age appropriate but J. carried this book around and browsed through it for the remainder of the day. She told me she was going to read it "in her head" and she might, someday, tell me about it.








After choosing our books, Miss A. wanted a hot cocoa, which I purchased for her at the bookstore's cafe, and yes I got a Chai Latte. Miss J. wanted candy so we left the bookstore for our local candy and nut store (conveniently located a block away from the bookstore and directly across the street from the library). 

The remainder of the afternoon and evening was spent browsing through their books, glancing at a few movies (we never really watched a movie in its entirety), and enjoying their new game called "Let's torture Auntie Vee." This was the most fun I've had in quite some time. My only regret is that I can't afford to buy them books every week. Maybe I'll have to institute a recurring "Take My Nieces to the Library" weekend event. We can spend our Saturday afternoons browsing through library books and then read "in our heads" for the rest of the day.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Saturday. Did you participate in TYCBD? If so, where did you go and what books did you buy? Please share.

Happy reading!

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