Today is the fifth annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day. This is the second year I've participated and once again I took my glam diva 7-year-old twin nieces to our favorite local indie bookstore, Taylor Books. I thought I was excited about today (book celebration day), but my nieces had my brother call me at 9 this morning to ask what time we were going to the bookstore. The plan was to meet around 11:30ish and they were impatiently awaiting my arrival at 11:25. I arrived a few minutes later only to be told I had to wait until they finished their hot chocolates before we looked at books.
What exactly is Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day? This is a nationwide event designed to help promote a love bookstores in children. The event was started five years ago and was recognized in 80 bookstores. This year over 700 bookstores will be participating. I'm happy to say that two bookstores in West Virginia are participating in today's celebration. To find a list of participating bookstores, please visit: http://www.takeyourchildtoabookstore.org/bookstores.
Miss A., the older of the twins, decided that she wanted to get books from the My Weirder School series by Dan Gutman. She chose three books: Mr. Harrison is Embarrassin' (Book #2), Mrs. Lilly is Silly (Book #3), and Mr. Burke is Berserk (Book #4). Apparently their teacher is reading the first book in this series to them in class and Miss A. is hooked.
As with last year, Miss J. opted for a slightly more advanced book - Diary of A Wimpy Kid - The Ugly Truth (Book #5) by Jeff Kinney. I asked why she wanted a book from the middle of this series and her response was simply "It's what I want to read."
After paying for the books, we went back to our table in the cafe so I could finish my chai latte. The girls consented to another picture, again as long as I didn't show their faces (told you they were divas). Here they are with their books. Best part about today, other than getting books for the girls, was the fact that they were eager to get books to read. I almost wish there was a Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day every few months. I know, overkill, but I'm simply glad the girls like to read and want to "own" books.
Did you participate in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day? Please share where you went and the books purchased.