On Saturday, December 1, the annual Take Your Child To a Bookstore Day takes place, celebrating neighborhood bookstores and the love of reading. Watchung Booksellers in Montclair will celebrate with a special storytime.
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was created by Jenny Milchman, a local mom, who also happens to be a suspense writer. Milchman loves bookstores. In fact, every summer, she packs her family in the car and they drive across the country visiting independent bookstores and spreading the word about Take Your Child to A Bookstore Day. Why? Because, explains Milchman:
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!
On Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, almost 400 bookstores across the country will celebrate. Take you kids to Watchung Booksellers for a special storytime by author Patty Lovell, who will read her new book Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon at 10:30 am.
So take your child to the bookstore on Saturday. In fact, take her/him often!
Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!
Who: All ages.
What: Nationwide celebration of “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.” There will be storytimes and more!
Where: Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042
When: Saturday, December 1 starting at 10:30 am. Check schedule here.