If you know me, you know one of my favorite things in life is books. I love to read, and I love to share my love of reading with my kids. During my younger years, I wanted to be a children’s book author and illustrator—in fact when I headed off to college I declared my major as English and Art to do just that. I, however, changed my career course a few years later, but I still love the thought of living in the world of children’s books just as much as I did then. That is why when I heard about local author Ann Ingalls coming to KD’s Books to share her new book Ice Cream Soup, I jumped at the chance to go. I loved the idea of my kids meeting a real-life author and hearing her read her own story.
The event came at the perfect time. Lately, to interest my son in letters and writing his own name, I had been checking out books from the library about writing and stories. My hope was that he would see how much fun the characters in the book had with learning to write and want to try it himself. We read Arthur Writes a Story, a classic Marc Brown tale. Here you can see my son’s Arthur-inspired story.
So that Saturday, we headed out to meet Ms. Ingalls and listen to her read her story. KD’s Books had arranged that those who bought an Ann Ingalls book would receive a free ice cream treat from Poppy’s Ice Cream & Coffee House as well! Poppy’s has my favorite ice cream: Gianduja. (Gianduja is a chocolate-hazelnut flavor that you must put on your Summer Bucket List to try. And you can thank me later.)
Quite a few gathered for the reading, kids ages 1 (my son) to 2nd grade. Being a former teacher, Ms. Ingalls did a great job engaging everyone in the crowd. She had prepared some fun songs and finger plays about ice cream that the kids enjoyed before she read her book. Ice Cream Soup really is a cute rhyming story about a young boy that takes so long to prepare his ice cream just right that it becomes ice cream soup instead. After the story, Ms. Ingalls got out some bowls, ice cream scoops and “ice cream” (colored Ping-Pong balls) for a fun ice-cream-scooping game.
And of course we walked on over to Poppy’s for our free ice cream to complete our ice cream filled day! A perfect way to pass a summer Saturday.
Be sure to like KD’s Books Facebook page to stay updated on all events like these—it is a great place to support local business and local authors. Or the next time you are in the store, sign up for their email newsletter—that is how I heard about this particular event. And do not miss out on their Fall Open House coming August 23-25. My favorite place to buy birthday gifts for kiddos is there—the employees can help you find the perfect book, and puppets or toys and gadgets to go along with it! I have enjoyed shopping at KD’s Books since I was a child, and now my two sons love it too. Of course, more than shopping for books, they love to play with the Thomas the Train table set up for little shoppers. What is your favorite local bookstore? Where did you find the best books when you were a kid?
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