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Bibliophile (bi-blee-uh-file): An individual who loves, and frequently reads, books. Also known as a “bookworm”. The word was first used in the early 1800s in France. But, as usual, the word itself comes from Greek. “Biblio” meaning ‘book’ and “philos” meaning ‘friend’.

Bonjour!

How fun to be able to greet you in a new language!

Did this week’s word sound familiar to you? My very first blog post featured a similar word. Bibliosmia. They both start with “biblio”, so we know they’re both about books. Bibliosmia is a fancy word for enjoying the smell of old books.

I thought this week I’d point out a little known holiday, but a holiday I plan to celebrate. . .and you should too! August 9this National Book Lover’s Day! Mark your calendar, and be sure to spend some time reading an old favorite. You might find a new favorite too!

There’s a perfect book for every age. Board books are just right for little ones who like to put things in their mouth and don’t know how to carefully turn a page. Kids this age LOVE to hear the same story over, and over, and over. I think I’ve read Jimmy Fallon’s Dada to my grandson at least a hundred times! Our blog post picture this week features our project in use in his book.

Picture books are the next perfect level. The stories are short, but the images are beautiful! If you’re looking for a great picture book, one of my new favorites is I’ve Loved You SinceForever by Hoda Kotb. Our photo features our project in use in her book too!

Then come early readers. These are books that are still full of pretty pictures but have a little more text on them. Check out the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor. I always enjoy a good rhyme. . .and with a name like Fancy Nancy you’re sure to have a good time!

Chapter books may be for older children, but they are just as important! They can be read to younger children. . .and that’s where this week’s project comes in handy!

If you’re like me, when you start a new book, you want to read it from cover to cover. Sometimes in life, things get busy and we have to put our books down. Or sometimes there’s a house rule- one chapter per night! Whatever the case, it’s always good to have a bookmark on hand. Our “Mutt Marker” and “Kitty Corner” bookmarks are way more fun, and they’re easy to make!

Mine may remind you of two special furry friends. . .

So get creative and make one that looks like your favorite animal or pet! I want to see your creations, so if you send out a picture, I’ll make sure to feature it on the “Aspiring Artists” section of the website! E-mail them to ljmadwish@gmail.com. Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

It’s always a good day to read, but make this Sunday’s reading time special in honor of National Book Lover’s Day!

Au revoir!




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