March 29 – National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day

Happy Mom & Pop Business Owner Day!

You can celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Owner Day by shopping at a local, privately owned, small business today instead of a larger superstore.  I would recommend that you start with your local bookstore to pick up your favorite picture book, or find some new ones written by today’s authors and illustrators.  I know of two independent book stores in Cincinnati that you will love if you’re in the area.

 The Blue Manatee is a fabulous children’s bookstore and cafe in Oakley.

http://www.bluemanateebooks.com

Joseph Beth Booksellers is in Norwood and three other locations in Kentucky and Ohio.

http://www.josephbeth.com

While you’re shopping look for these great picture books which feature mom and pop stores.

1344940On Market Street, written and illustrated by a husband and wife team Arnold and Anita Lobel, won the Caldecott Award in 1982.  This beautiful picture book tells the story of a boy who goes to Market Street to buy gifts for his friend. In gorgeous words and pictures, we watch as he buys something beginning with every letter of the alphabet.

917183A my name is Alice written by Jane Bayer and illustrated by Steven Kellogg takes us on another alphabet shopping spree.  Every letter of the alphabet is represented by a mom and pop animal duo who come from and sell items all beginning the the same letter.  The first page starts, “A my name is Alice, and my husband’s name is Alex.  We come from Alaska. And we sell ants.”  The same pattern is repeated throughout the book for each letter of the alphabet.  Children delight in finding all of the things listed on each page… and more!

So for today… grab your wallet and head out to your local places of business!  And don’t forget to pick up a great picture book while you’re out!

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