The First World Book Night USA Was a Great Success!
Today was the first ever World Book Night in the US and I couldn’t be happier that I got to be a part of it. After a few months of anticipation, the big day arrived. I convinced my child laborers to help me hand out the materials. Surprisingly enough, they were more excited than I was to experience World Book Night as a giver…and that’s saying something!
After publicizing the event in local news outlets and through our schools, we had hopes to give out our whole collection in one hour. Turns out all we needed was 15 minutes!
We were joined by some friends who graciously came out to support our efforts. Six kids armed with books, flyers, and bookmarks can move stuff pretty darned fast! If you ever need anything handed out in public to strangers, I strongly suggest getting kids to help.
We handed our books out to individuals, families, and groups. Some came out specifically looking for us for the World Book Night event, which gave us the chance to talk about this great organization as well as the titles. Most of our recipients, though, just happened to come by at the right time.
I was thrilled to be able to champion “The Book Thief” as a great title as well as encourage reluctant readers to try again. No matter who we spoke to, everyone who took a copy of the book walked away smiling.
After all books were handed out, I rewarded my helpers with pancakes for dinner at the local diner. I asked how they liked being part of World Book Night. Their favorite part? The feeling at the end of doing something nice for people they didn’t know.
“It’s cool that all of those people don’t know each other, but now they’re reading the same book,” said my oldest.
Yeah, that is pretty cool, kiddo.
Thanks, World Book Night. We’re already looking forward to next year!
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