One of the best things about spending time with children is seeing the world through fresh eyes. I spend plenty of time at Island Books, but it’s usually filled with conversations with coworkers, friends, and customers, browsing through inventory, scrounging for advanced copies in the back room, or poring over metrics, future blog posts, and newsletters. Besides the occasional check to make sure they’re not destroying the place, my 3-year-old twins roam free. They’ve mostly learned how to behave in our regular haunt. Sometimes they even help carry out the recycling.
Most Wednesday mornings we come in for Storybook Corner. It’s the one time I sit on the floor so they can trade off in my lap. Last week, as I was enjoying Jenny’s gentle reading of a series of bear-themed books, my eyes wandered over to a nearby bottom shelf.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty! I had forgotten all about both title and author. What a great book. Even more so, Moriarty’s earlier novels The Center of Everything and The Rest of Her Life deserved a reread. How had I never looked at this shelf before?
As story time ended and the twins wandered off, I resolved to follow them and see the store at their eye level. What else had I been missing? I realized they must know Island Books as a completely different place than I do ... continued
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