Sneak Peek: Kid’s Day
by Karen Whiting
Children and stores go together when there’s an event planned that combines fun, faith, and learning. Kid’s Day offers a time to celebrate younger customers and encourage a lifetime interest in reading. A family opportunity to help with world literacy that helps children carry out the words of Jesus to bring the good news everywhere makes it an extra special day.
A store filled with books and gift items that reflect the love of Christ is the perfect setting for preparing for Easter and helping children learn about how much Jesus loves them.
This year CAN (Christian Authors Network) authors are helping retailers in developing plans for stores. That means Easter shopping for children will be best on March 23, the date set for Kid’s Day.
Activities From Authors
Authors of children’s books created lots of original activities for children to do. Jeanette Windle has provided a few activities to help with world literacy. As the wife of the president of BCMI (Bible Centered Ministries International), Jeanette shares life from her real perspective of living and traveling in third world countries in her books for kids and adults.
Bestselling children’s author Bill Myers wrote a special short story to be read at the store that can also be emailed to customers. In T.J and the Time Stumblers, a gadget that makes people sing the truth in rhyme and talking pets cause a TV taping to go very differently from planned. Bill is also providing a DVD as a prize for each of the first 25 stores to sign up to participate.
Popular children’s picture book author Crystal Bowman created a special finish the rhyme activity that complements her new book, Lily’s Easter Party. Other activities include word searches from Ava Pennington, a coloring page from Marsha Hubler, bestselling author of the Keystone Stable Series, and craft activities from Sherry Kyle, author of The Christian Girls Guide to Style.
Karen Whiting, CAN treasurer, is coordinating the handouts from authors for the special day. Author of several books for tweens and children, including the new release, My Mini Dream Room, Karen created a miniature puppet set and puppets for children to make and use, as well as some games.
Fun at the Stores
Mary Bittle of Morning Star in Thurmont, Maryland plans to use the coloring page as a contest before Kid’s Day. The contest will help promote the day and she will also have her customers vote for the winners online.
The fun continues with activities to do at the store or take home and use the week before Easter. While the children are entertained parents can browse the shelves and find great gifts to fill Easter baskets.
Renee Davis of The Living Word Christian Bookstore in Sarasota, Florida said, “We go all out for Kid’s Day. We bring in costumed characters, have someone do face painting, and hold an Easter egg hunt. This year we’ll have the Bearenstein Bears and the Chick Filet Cow. The children especially love making crafts in our learning center.”
Something for the Parents
Something new this year for Kid’s Day will be handouts for parents. One, created by Jocelyn Green, author of Stories of Faith and Courage From the Home Front and Faith Deployed, provides tips for celebrating special days like Easter with one parent absent due to travel or deployment.
Linda Gilden, author of Love Notes in Lunchboxes, created special messages for parents to use with children. These will help families chat about Easter and the resurrection.
Bonnie Calhoun, CAN president, remarked,” I am thrilled beyond expectations at the great potential our partnership with retailers has developed. It is helping our authors get into the hands of many more retailers, and it is supplying retailers with great products to sell.” This means more books are getting into the hands of readers, including children.
Karen Whiting writes books and articles for women, families, and children. Her latest inspirational craft book for girls is My Mini Dream Room. She also speaks to women’s groups and mother-daughter events and serves on the board of CAN (Christian Authors Network).