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Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day: Saturday, December 7, 2013

December 7th is the 4th annual “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day”, and hundreds of bookstores in the US, Canada, Australia, England and Germany are expected to participate.

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day was founded by author and mom of two, Jenny Milchman with the goal of sharing bookstores with kids.

“Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day…is really about the fact that there is a physical immersion to reading a book and there is a physical immersion to choosing that book, or there can be, and when there is it becomes almost a completely different experience. It says something to a child in a way he'll never get if he just sees mom order a book online." (source)

Here are just a few of the benefits of taking your child to a bookstore:

· Sharing the excitement of books – and of an intellectually stimulating environment — with your kids.
· Empowering your kids with decisions about which book or books to bring home.
· Giving your kids literary role models like bookstore owners, workers, authors, and other readers.
· Sharing the social side of reading with your kids. Reading isn’t always a solitary activity; sharing favorite books and exchanging reading recommendations is part of the fun of being a reader!

“My hope,” says Milchman, “is that by drawing awareness to the pleasures of time spent in a bookstore at a young age, kids who take part will grow up to value and support bookstores in the communities of the future.” (source)

· Do you and your family still visit brick-and-mortar bookstores, or do you shop for your reading material exclusively online?
· Does your community have a local bookstore? Share the link with our readers to help promote local business!
· Do your kids have digital readers (Kindles, iPads, etc.), or do they read traditional paper books?

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