Browse a Bookstore

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Spend an hour in a bookstore with your kids and let them explore. It’ll be so fun!

Earlier in the month, I took my four younger children, the 10 and under set, to Barnes and Noble. The mission: to witness my book on the shelves.

What I didn’t realize was what a fun experience it would turn out to be.

You know, sometimes I forget that these guys haven’t always been with me. My four-year old hasn’t shared all the family experiences that her fifteen-year old brother has. Going to the book store is apparently one of those things that this crowd hadn’t experienced.

We had such a blast! The kids browsed the books, played with the toys, ogled the Lego displays, acted out adventures, and told stories. It was a great hour. And they’ve asked to go back several times.

Upon consultation with FishPapa, I realized this is the ultimate free outing for our family, now that the daylight is waning. And a trip by Starbucks on the way out? Yeah baby.

Browsing a book store is a great way to stop and smell the roses.

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  1. Brick and mortar book stores are magical places. What we as adults have to remember is that they have to be supported with our dollars. The stores wil be extinct if we keep using them as play places and then go home and order all of our books online. I love Amazon deals but will also share my book budget with our local bookstore and barnes and noble. Glad you all had fun.

  2. Since we live in the boonies and are short on space we use a nook ereader for our frequent needs, but drive the hour+ that it takes us to get to town and spend an entire day at our Barnes and noble about once or twice a month. I am much more willing to purchase the kid’s some books for the nooks if I have seen them live and approve first.
    We also homeschool and explore the books at the bookstore for themes to add to our curriculum. Then we end up buying our needs for the nook or hard copies. I love that our kids now have the best of both worlds.
    I just don’t know how you could only spend an hour there, lol!