Children have always loved reading books. Books are their best companion and give them knowledge. They love to read and get complete information regarding various aspects of life. In school we used to study a number of books on different subjects to gain insight. Every child spends considerable amount of time with books. Story books have always been a great source of entertainment and awareness for kids. Children books help the kids to understand various subjects and learn them in an easy manner.Every child begins his foray into the world of knowledge and wisdom with the incredible books. Beginning with the initial level nursery rhymes and picture books to the intricate mathematics and science subjects in the middle level, books provide knowledge to children. No one can imagine education without books. Thus they are extremely important for every child. Children books are full of interesting facts presented in funny and comprehensive manner. These books endeavour to present various topics to children in easy and interactive manner so that they can easily understand the important lessons. Books have always contributed in facilitating knowledge and awareness in children.Storybooks and fairy tales have always attracted children. The awesome tales of Cinderella, Snow White and Rupenzal have entertained kids since ages. How can one forget the fun filled journey of Alice in the Wonderland and the Red Riding Hood’s perils in the forest with the cunning wolf? These stories have entertained the kids. Fairy tales books are quite popular amongst children. These best children fantasy books have characters which take children to the world of whims and fancies; they enthrall them with their magical and wonderful extravaganza and entertaining anecdotes. Kids get thrilled with the amazing stories. Stories are wonderful way to teach them small and important lessons of life. Stories give them the true knowledge about the morals and values through the imaginative characters.Interactive learning is provided by the various books that have been specially crafted for giving children innovative lessons about the various topics. From numbers to alphabets, from science to literature -books are the source of knowledge on every subject. It is very important for the young ones to learn the basics of various subjects well and then only they shall be able to understand the complex topics at later stage. Books play a very vital role in this aspect. There have been many highly successful series of books from various authors and publishing houses that have given children the most important and valuable lessons in the most intelligent manner.From time to time new books for children are published which deal with the various aspects and subjects from different arena. With the advancement in technology and enhancement in lifestyle, today children have better understanding and increased level of comprehensibility. This change has also influenced the children books. Best selling children books are now speaking about the internet and technology etc.The best place to avail the most awesome children’s books is the various children book stores. These days various online books stores are present on the internet with which one can get the books on various genres and topics for children of all ages.You can find innovative and interactive picture books and children reading books that teach numbers and alphabets for beginners. For kids between 3 to 4 years you can have books with interesting poems and nursery rhymes. For a bit older kids who can read well, various story books and fictional novels are present. Kids between 7 to 11years love reading comics and thriller books. The famous characters like Archie, Richie Rich, Superman, Sherlock Holmes etc have always entertained children.Online childrens books store are the most reliable place to search for your child’s favourite books. You can avail these books at great prices and avail amazing discounts. The best aspect is that you can avail these books easily right from your home. All you need to do is, select the book and order it online.
The habit of reading books nurtures the capabilities and skills of the readers. Reading books permit the reader to explore the wide horizon of facts. However, books for children should be very carefully chosen. Fairy tales and adventurous books enthrall them a lot. Parents should always try to cultivate the reading habits in their children. They should try to understand the like and dislikes of their children and develop their reading habits. We are always guided by the notion that boys like adventurous books whereas; the girls like romantic or fairy tale books. Though to some extent this notion holds true, but story books enable all the children to wander in their fantasy world, be it adventure or fairy tale. There are various genres of books available these days to provide the readers the ultimate amusement. Reading books help to stir up the thoughts and imagination of the children. This in turn enables them to imbibe good moral values in them.Children books are found almost in every nook and corner. The main question that concerns us is, what actually constitutes or defines a children book? How should we interpret that a specific book is for children for adults? To answer this debate there are many definitions. The most popular concept defines that children books provide fantastic reality and also imaginative story. As children like to wander in their fantasy islands, imaginative stories are assumed to cultivate their reading attitude. Another popular concept defines that a story books that has a child character should be regarded as their book. This is because the children can easily relate themselves with the character.To understand the imagination of the children, one need to do careful research. Books like Harry Potter develop the ability among the readers to visualize the images and ideas in their mind. This book has been written so brilliantly that it portrays the semblance of reality. As such Harry Potter has become so popular among the kids that they impatiently wait for the next issue. Further, children books that are versed in very simple language help them to utilize their leisure time with fun. There are various genres of books available such as historic, adventurous, fairy tales etc. Books that are narrated in such a manner that helps to develop the curiosity and knowledge of the readers are very beneficial. Whatever the genre of the book is, the mellow flavor in those stories should sustain to enthrall the children readers.Today in our fast pace of life, everybody seem to be very busy. People fail to pay attention to the likes and dislikes of their children. This technological boon has come to swirl away all those concerns. It is playing the genie role in our daily activities by fulfilling all our desires. A person who can access the internet can easily serve all his or her official and entertainment needs. It has greatly turned everybody very techno savvy. As such people tend to do all their works online. With the click of a mouse the user can easily log on to the preferred website. If you are an avid reader of books, the online shopping stores would help you a lot to get best price for children books. The internet would easily enable the users to access their preferred online book stores within few minutes. Browse those sites to avail the books of your choice. The exciting feature of this online shopping would facilitate your search option by the name of genres, authors etc. The users would no longer have to wander round the shop corners to purchase the books of their favorite authors. These online stores would further enable them to read the reviews of readers to avail the latest launched story books.
Everyone loves a successful book signing! When I had my very first book signing it was a total flop! Well, maybe not totally, the book store did order six books and I did sell two of them! But success comes after failure only if you try again.So what went wrong? I asked myself. Several things went wrong. First, I didn’t invite anyone to come to the book signing; I didn’t have any promotional material with me; I barely spoke to the customers because I “foolishly” thought they would all run up to my table to see what the book and author were all about, and the worst thing I did, was to stay sitting behind that little table for the whole two hours! Wrong — wrong — wrong.Today, because of that failure, I have not had a book signing anywhere that has not been a complete sell-out!So, how did I go from being a complete flop to becoming a complete success? Here’s how!Where I live in Arizona, all of the Barnes and Noble Bookstores are independently run, whereas Border’s Bookstores are centralized. That means that each Barnes and Noble bookstore decides independently on who, what, when and where and if they will authorize book signings. In this case, it is important to get to know the “store” and the manager at each store. Establish a rapport with him or her, and give them a little background about yourself and your book. Don’t be afraid to ask if you can have a book signing at their store, or to emphasize the fact that you are a local author.Because Border’s Bookstores are centralized, that means that the Regional Manager decides on all of the book signings for all of the stores. Here is where you really want to establish a rapport. I made it a point to do so with our Regional Manager and since then, she willingly books me at any of the Border’s bookstores that I want. One consideration in choosing a store is demographics. Apparently, each bookstore sells a particular type of genre more than others. For example, where I live, the community is very family-oriented, so books on fantasy, child-rearing, and especially children’s books are hot items. A few miles further south, there is a university town… and believe it or not, romance books are a hot item at that store!Although The Regional Manager books all of the book signings for all the stores, each Border’s Bookstore handles the mechanics of the book signing independently. Here again, it is important to get to know the store and the Store Manager because that means they give you a better location, more traffic gets directed to you, and more announcements are made about you over their loudspeaker.Next, prepare… prepare… prepare. I can’t say enough about this. We are published authors, which connotes “professionals”… Prepare for your book signing just as a professional would:
Always check with the store before contacting any media. It has been my experience that they do a great job with the media and advertisements. If you want to send a press release to a local paper, ask them who to contact. They are very nice about giving you that information, or they will tell you that they are going to do it.
Make invitations and give them to all of your friends, acquaintances, and family members, and e-mail everyone you know who would be interested. I also give them to my dentist, doctor, people I know at the local grocery store, and people I know at church.
Have a framed 8×11 or 11×17 picture of your cover on an easel for display.
Prepare flyers… not just black and white blurbs about your book, but jazz it up and make it look professional. Include a short “eye-catcher” blurb about your book, a list of one liner endorsements, a short bio about yourself and the availability of your book. Be sure to always include your web page on every piece of paper that you have for handouts.
Always have bookmarks to give the customer with every book you sign.
Have a candy dish at your table filled with candy. However, always ask the store manager if it is alright. This is important because some store managers don’t like food in their store. I’ve never been turned down; however, I do always buy the individually wrapped mints.
People love “free-bies.” Here is a list of what I take to every book signing:
1. Framed Book Cover on a stand. Not all bookstores have signs printed for your book signing.2. A transparent bookstand to show off the books. They show off the book better as opposed to just having the books lying on the table.3. Postcards to hand out — with your book cover and a short blurb, availability and web page.4. Flyers printed on colored stock so that they stand out. Ask the store manager if you can put a few up on their windows. I’ve never been turned down. After all, they want to sell books too.5. Brochures. This is up to you. I have brochures with me, but I don’t put them out because of the expense. However, every now and then I do run into a librarian or a school book buyer and I do give one to them.6. Business Cards — have them in a nice business card holder next to your book cover — make sure your cards list your web page.7. Pens with your book title and web page printed on them — this tip I picked up at a book conference. When a customer buys my book, I sign it with one of my pens and then I give them the pen along with the book.8. Bookmarks — This is a must. Every book should include a bookmark. Have them made with a small picture of your book cover, a list of very short two or three word endorsements and your web page.9. A table cloth — It has been my experience that some book stores have already set the table with a table cloth and some don’t. I always carry one with me just in case.This may seem like a lot, but believe me, when it is laid out on the table, it isn’t much. Keep in mind we are professionals, so everything you do, think like a professional.Last but certainly not least… never sit at your table. Don’t be shy; greet the customers as they walk by, smile, introduce yourself, hand them a flyer, and tell them that you are a local author who is having a book signing today on behalf of (name of bookstore). Tell them a little about your book.If you are like me, book signings are a lot of work, but they are also a lot of fun! You meet a lot of very interesting people, and even if they don’t buy your book, they walk away with a flyer or a postcard and they will either read it or check your web page.More importantly, when you are done, always thank the store manager and the staff who participated in your book signing. Never leave without a thank you and a hand shake.Since I have practiced this… I have been invited back several times to most of the bookstores in my area, and now they order a minimum of about 25 books, and I always sell-out!Good Luck and Happy Book Signing.Copyright © 2007 Judy Azar LeBlanc