Rainy Day? Bookstore To The Rescue!
There is almost nothing better than the smell of new books, the feel of those crispy pages, and the anticipation of finding something exciting, while exploring a new territory and locating a hidden treasure… That’s how I feel about bookstores.
A week ago my husband and I needed to run an errand that wouldn’t be easy or quick had we brought the kids along. We were able to leave them under loving care of their grandparents, and were off to business. To our disappointment (so we thought), the one thing on our to-do list had to be canceled. Here we were, with no children and a nice chunk of time that wasn’t accounted for. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?! We quickly started shuffling in our minds all of the things we had to do, or wanted to accomplish. And then we saw it: right in front of us a huge bookstore, a temptation we couldn’t resist. We tried to stay together, but our book interests are pretty much polar opposite, so we ended up wandering off, only to find each other in a few minutes to exchange comments, observations and a few laughs about our finds. We were there for over an hour, and had such a great time. Pretty sure it counts as a date.
I spent most of my time in the children’s book section. I’m a writer, a preschool teacher, and a mom. Children’s literature is my happy place. With no boundaries, no rules. That’s where your imagination takes you to worlds no one has ever seen before. And that’s true for the writer, for the illustrator and the young reader. It’s like the three of them share a secret. Sometimes a writer comes up with a story so silly it almost makes no sense. Then an illustrator offers his or her own twists, adding unexpected details and features to the characters, breathing life into them. Finally, the result ends up in the hands of a child who giggles in delight and acts out all the silly things he just heard. That’s pure magic… Try reading “Dragons Love Tacos” to a whole class of 4-year-olds – you’ll know what I mean.
Barnes & Noble Storytime
Children love books. And if there’s a child who doesn’t, that’s because he hasn’t read the right one. There’s lots of advice and research on how to get your children to read, or rather, to love to read. My tip of the day is simple: expose them to lots of books. Thankfully, there are so many resources available, it really is a very simple thing to do. Go to the library, browse the free books online, check out a local bookstore. Barnes & Noble in Ridgeland is a great place to start. And take advantage of their regular storytime event at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. You can grab a cup of coffee while your little ones enjoy a story from the store’s collection of favorites. There’s a special craft and other activities afterwards, too. The whole thing takes about 30 minutes, and the best part is – it’s free!
Know & Go
Where: Colony Park
1000 Highland Colony Pkwy Suite 3009
Ridgeland, MS 39157
When: Saturdays at 11 a.m.
To see the whole schedule of events or to find out more visit Barnes & Noble website.
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