Spent a lovely morning selecting books for Temple Street Children’s Hospital and their Reach out and Read Programme. Budget was tight so we were trawling though bargain bins and special offers to make sure our average price per book was on track. It was hugely enjoyable.
Usually bookshop visits for me are about getting the 2-3 books on the list and trying not to fall for any others when I’m in there. Instead this morning was a bit like a treasure hunt- going through shelves and shelves and under tables and in display bins looking for the hidden gems.
It got me thinking about the daunting choice that is out there when parents and adults are faced with choosing a book for children and teens. It can be completely overwhelming. I wonder is there space in Irish bookshops for ‘book clinics’?- Folks on hand to help select a book based on age, interests, budget and other factors. I know plenty of booksellers who do it brilliantly every day but perhaps a special day or event would help get more adults and parents asking for advice and not just slinking back out the door empty handed and confused……
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