Last night I went to sleep on an email from someone offering to to get her relatives involved in Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day.
Her relatives live in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Idaho, and Washington.
One of my favorite bloggers, Peg Brantley, is going to write something, and get the word out in Colorado.
A bookstore owner in Tennessee just wrote.
Plans for the Day are growing. People seem to really like the idea.
And why not? Back in 1993 when Take Your Daughter to Work Day became established, there was a real need to show girls what kind of jobs they could hold in the future–who they might become.
Today, most women work, and my daughter would look at me cross-eyed if I suggested that once upon a time, it would have been difficult for her to become a doctor.
Right now it’s once upon a time that’s threatened.
And reading is as much about teaching a child who they might become as any future career is.
Oh, don’t get me wrong–children today are reading. Anecdotal accounts have them reading more than ever; this is certainly what I see with my friends’ kids. But it is undeniably hard to keep a bookstore afloat, and as the Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day website indicates, bookstores–the actual physical places–can be key to developing a lifelong love of reading.
So get on board, go to the website, print out a poster and ask your bookstore if you can hang it. Put one in your child’s school.
Most of all, come on out on December 4th (since my first post we’ve changed the date so that it is always the first Saturday in December; sorry, John, and Liz, but you’re still part of the Day in my heart).
Bring the child in your life along.
Go to a bookstore and tell the staff why you’re there!
Together we can make Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day a yearly event.