Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Read-a-Thon Prep and World Book Night!

Last night was World Book Night USA, and it was my first time participating! I chose The Lightning Thief to give away because I intended to target a youthful audience of readers in my hometown.

While I originally planned for my mom to watch Greyson while I went out giving, she wasn't feeling so great last night, so Greyson and I grabbed an armload of books and walked down our street handing out books to local kids playing outside and we even knocked on some doors.

We had absolutely NO problem giving away books. My little one pooped out before our box was empty, though, so we have about 10 more copies of ole Percy Jackson to give away on a warmer evening or maybe a nice afternoon this weekend as a break from the Read-a-Thon.

It turns out Mom not feeling so great was a happy accident. Greyson LOVED giving away books. In fact, as we came around the corner, we saw a group of five boys playing outside, and Greyson yelled, "Mama, we give them books!"

And we did.

In other news, I'm SO EXCITED for the Read-a-Thon! It's amazing that this feeling never goes away -- especially as a Read-a-Thon host. Heather and I have been working all week with our co-hosts, mini-challenge hosts, cheerleaders, and Vasilly has been working her tail off to help us square away our prizes.

All-in-all we are in great shape and ready to get this thing going!

I definitely need to make a grocery store run and a library run before the Read-a-Thon begins. David will be in town this weekend cooking for me and reading along, too. And when he gets tired of watching me stare at a computer screen, he's going over to my mom's house to chop up a giant fallen tree limb.

After D. and I got off the phone last night I took a gander at my shelves. This is the initial pile of books, though I expect I'll add quite a few shorties as a result of my library visit.

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin
  • The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  • The Illusion of Separateness by Simon Van Booy
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Rachel Rising by Terry Moore (graphic novel)
  • Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood)
  • The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
And so many more books in my house. Whew! But this seems like a good mix to get started. 

Be sure to jump over to the Dewey's Read-a-Thon website for some countdown posts leading up to the event! 

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