Book lovers unite
We’ve all heard people say that the book is not long for this world. Well, I say, “Long live the book!”
Books come in all shapes and sizes and colors—just like people, and just like friends. That level of diversity would be lost if books were only available online or through various hand-held e-readers. So, a great way to keep up the demand for books and keep publishers publishing them is to put books into the hands of children. If children grow up with an appreciation for books, future generations will always want to read the real thing instead of just the electronic alternative.
Picture books are art and story combined, and the right book can become a child’s best friend forever. There are thousands to choose from, and many different resources can help you make smart choices about children’s books for yourself or as gifts.
- Try your local independent bookseller. The knowledgeable, book-loving staff at many small bookstores can help you make just the right choice for a child, grandchild, niece, nephew or your neighbor’s adorable toddler.
- Many local bookstores also have websites. A favorite of mine is IndieBound.
- I can suggest two children’s picture books that I have written: How Do You Know? (illustrated by Julie Downing) and A Summer’s Trade (illustrated by Irving Toddy). You can visit my website to find out what the books are about and absorb samples of the beautiful illustrations. And you can order the books online from an independent bookstore or any other online bookseller.
If you can’t imagine a world without new books, then help insure we never see that world by doing your part to make all of the children you know into book lovers. Share picture books with children—children are the future!
-Guest Blogger Deborah W. Trotter (www.deborahwtrotter.com)