I maintain that half the reason I am a kid’s author today is because I am eternally trying to recreate the thrill of receiving Scholastic book orders in elementary school. And nothing thrilled me more than the HOLIDAY book orders in October, November and December.
The Little Free Library in my front yard is unquestionably a physical manifestation of my love for those memories. I get the biggest kick out of stocking that thing with seasonal kids’ books and hearing the door open and slam shut all weekend long. Kids play in my tree in the front yard, leave their bikes on my lawn, and sit on my front step with their noses in books. The heart bursts.
The local library has a used bookshop with lots and lots of stock so I can fill the library for about $10.00. Frequently they even cut me a deal out to get more books into the hands of the neighborhood kids. This last haul was beyond successful – every kid’s book in the library right now is spooky!
I’m already having a blast collecting winter holiday books and planning the little library’s holiday decorating scheme. It’s like a Scholastic book order form has come to life!