Monday, April 5, 2010

A Literary Easter

Literary Things We Did Over Easter:

1) Check out our kids' Easter baskets.

Our 11 month old son got Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough and Hot Rod Hamster by Cynthia Lord (which my husband declared a "very awesome" book at 7:00am on Easter morning).

Our 5 year old daughter got Jan Brett's new The Easter Egg, several I Can Read books, and a cool doodling book.

2) Hubby and I got away for an anniversary trip to Charlottesville. I usually stick my head in a book while he drives on long trips. He was sleepy, so I had to try to keep him awake, and he says I always "miss things" with my nose in a book. So I spent my time "paying attention". I'll post the poems that I wrote post-paying attention.

3) Charlottesville is the host of the Festival of the Book. I didn't get to go this year because I had to work, but I can see why Charlottesville can host such a wonderful event--it's such a literary town. Our little getaway took us to the Historic Downtown Mall area. I love, love, love their bookshops.

Read It Again, Sam is a very neat (and by this I mean clean and orderly) used bookstore. It had a small, but treasure-trove of children's lit. All of the books were in impeccable shape and were reasonably priced.

New Dominion Bookshop was larger, but is an independent bookseller of new books. Also, very neat (clean and orderly) and had a large and phenomenal children's book section. I spent a fortune.

O'Suzannah is a great little gift shop, and had an extraordinary selection of kids' books.

There were several other bookstores, but my wallet and time were insufficient.

I will definitely be going back to Charlottesville soon. The bookstores alone are worth the drive. But there are plenty of good restaurants and other local shops to enjoy too.


Terry Doherty said...

Oh, do tell ... where else did you go? It was a glorious Easter here in Cville yesterday, so I hope you got to have some gelato out on the mall!

M.F. Atkins said...

Sadly, no. We arrived after the gelato place closed. We had dinner at the Melting Pot for our anniversary. But next time I go, I'll be eating local only. The Melting Pot was fabulous, but there are so many wonderful places to eat, I could eat all weekend. It was a beautiful evening walking up and down the mall. I've been to C'Ville over a dozen times (mostly on field trips with fourth graders), but this was the first time on the mall. What a treat!