Summer vacation is soon coming to a close. Before your child returns to school, celebrate National Book Lovers Day with them this August 9th. It is the perfect opportunity to plan a special event. Need some ideas? Just keep reading for my top four suggestions.

Plan a Picnic

What is better than a summer day in the park, a full picnic basket, and a good book? Um, nothing! Fill your child’s tummy with some of their favorite foods and engage their senses with a childhood storybook. Indulge them with reading the worn pages of a book you have read a thousand times before, or treat them to one from your past that has special meaning. Either way, you will both cherish the memory of a day spent together reading a book under the protective arm of a shady tree.

For those with a more adventurous spirit, plan a campout in your backyard. Imagine the fun you and your child will have reading books by flashlight as you huddle together under the stars.

Book Lovers Day reading suggestions:

For a picnic in the park, Charlotte’s Web

For a campout under the stars, Dani and the Haunted House (Disclaimer:  Shameless Plug)

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Visit the Library

It’s time to log onto your computer and check out your library’s event page for August 9th. See if your library is planning something special to honor the day. In fact, it is an excellent routine to establish. Local libraries offer free programs for both adults and children. They even sponsor programs for babies!

It’s never too young to start a love of reading, which is why this is also the perfect opportunity to register your child for their first library card. Not only will it open up a whole new world of free books, it also teaches them responsibility. I  can still remember the awe of getting my first library card.

Book Lovers Day reading suggestions:

If you’re signing up for a new library card, Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card

For the middle school reader, The Library Card

National Book Lovers Day - Tea Party

Host a Book Tea Party

It doesn’t matter if you are young or old, we all love a good tea party! Even if that ‘tea’ is a teapot full of juice and those cucumber sandwiches are filled with PB&J. It is the perfect excuse to gather the kids for a bit of fun-filled reading. Want to make it even more memorable? How about if one parent reads the story aloud while another parent acts out the story in the background? This is sure to produce some giggles, if not all-out laughter!

Don’t have time to host a party? Spend a memorable afternoon creating a fort with your child and have your own tea party. Be sure to take turns reading, and don’t forget to add the sweet treats.

Book Lovers Day reading suggestions:

If hosting a tea party, Tea Party Rules

If building a fort, The Haunted Fort

National Book Lovers Day - Donate Used Books

Donate Your Used Books

Okay, this one may elicit a few groans from the kiddies. After all, who wants to do a bit of summer cleaning on their vacation? However, you will at least appreciate their decluttered bookshelf. Be sure to donate their well-loved books to your local or school library, charitable organizations, used bookstore, or church. Someone will welcome the opportunity to read these adventures. Be sure to let your child keep their most treasured tales. To reward them for their generosity and hard work, take them out shopping for new reading options that will capture their imaginations.

If they are not ready to let go, an alternative to this suggestion is to box up your child’s books and save them for a future generation in your family. The children of tomorrow are sure to enjoy turning the pages of a book that their mother or father once read when they were young.

Book Lovers Day reading suggestions:

To encourage children to donate, Llama Llama, Time to Share

For the middle-school child, The Giver (I love this book!)

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL BOOK LOVERS DAY? I would love to hear your plans and suggestions. Please leave a comment below and let us know!

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