As the seasons change, I try to think about activities we can do indoors on the weekend as a family. This winter, I’m planning to get out of the house with our toddler and new baby and head to some local bookstores.
We can browse the books, read together, and treat our little ones to some new books to bring home. Many bookstores also have cozy reading areas for kids you can hang out in for a bit.
Going to bookstores as a family is a way to create some bookish excitement. It’s also great for kids to see their parents choose books that they are looking forward to reading.
Not sure where your closest independent bookstores are? Indiebound.org has a wonderful online tool called the Indie Bookstore Finder. You can type in your zip code or address and they will list all of your local bookstores.
A fun book to read aloud before you family bookstore date would be Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore:
by Lucy Cousins
“Today Maisy is going to the bookstore to buy a new book, but there are so many to choose from! There’s a big brown book about bears, a long blue book about fish, a noisy book about trucks, and a book about things to draw and paint. Just as Maisy finds a beautiful book of rhymes that her friend Tallulah will love, out pops Charley from behind the shelves. “Ahoy, Maisy!” he says, holding a book about pirates. Now what kind of books will Cyril and Eddie choose?”
What bookstores do you like to visit with your family?
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Laura Szaro Kopinski
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