Oh I love the smell of a book. Old and musty smelling from the second hand store or new with that just-cracked spine, they all smell and feel and look great to me. Many of my vacations have been spent finding the local bookstore where my husband and I can spend a few hours perusing the shelves. He’ll look at art or music books, and I’ll try hard to not go to the US History section because it’ll put us behind schedule, but then I just can’t resist and I’m sitting on the floor in a heap. I found a first edition transcript of the Nixon Tapes at a shop in New Orleans several years ago and read that thing like it was a Grisham novel.
You can imagine then how as a child I was so excited when the book fair came to our library. They had all the neatest books, cute pencils and bookmarks, and even posters. The fairs have been modernized a bit, but they still have the best part- real books.
I had a friend say recently that few things were more gratifying than seeing her child read alone because if she can do that “she’s got it.” I don’t need to preach on how important building a love of reading is in children, but I will through a story.
Two brothers without formal training invented something that still marvels humans today. They didn’t go to aeronautics college. They were autodidacts. They studied books on flight from early pioneers of aviation, and spent time reading about birds and physics. We wouldn’t be up in the sky in fancy Boeing 777 today if it hadn’t been for the Wright Brothers voracious reading habits.
If you’ve got a child in Putnam City, please send them along with a few dollars to visit the book fair. If you don’t, make a donation to the Putnam City Schools Foundation for a particular library, and we will help them do more amazing things to build a love of reading in our children.