Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day: Saturday, Dec. 1
After taking her children to several bookstore readings, my friend Jenny Milchman (at left), had a vision. She started Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, and her idea went viral. This Saturday, Dec. 1, 400 bookstores nationwide are participating. Click here to find one close to you–or just go to yours anyway.
Basically, Jenny loves bookstores, and she wants them to thrive. I do, too. I recently read that bookstore sales were down 8 percent, and eBooks are to blame. I don’t want to trash Kindle because if I did, I’d be a hypocrite. But I do make the effort to buy every other book from my local bookstore. I love the weight of a real book and the feel of the paper. And there’s also that nice tree-sy smell. I love the community that these stores foster–from author readings to book clubs to just browsing with family and friends.
I’ll head to Watchung Booksellers tomorrow with my kids. We’ll buy more Ivy and Bean books (my 7-year-olds are obsessed). The owner recommended Ivy and Bean to me, as she recommends so many titles tailored to my tastes. I love the bookstore, and I adore booksellers. I need them to stick around. I shop there often.