This past weekend, we visited my older daughter (now 11!!) at sleepaway camp. The week leading up to Visiting Day, we had received a letter that consisted only of a list of things we should bring: a fan, more sunblock, more underwear. Conspicuously absent from the list was books. She'd gone up to camp with 4-5 books and after 2.5 weeks, I was expecting her to have finished them. (Last summer, when she was only at camp for a total of 2.5 weeks, she told me she'd had to reread the 4 books she'd brought because she'd finished all of them.) So, assuming the failure to mention books was an oversight, I hit the bookstore, and this is what I bought.
It was so fun to go to the bookstore and just browse! I don't do that enough any more - I think most of us don't. Now that it is so easy to access book reviews and to put books on hold at the library, I usually go just to pick up books I've already reserved. And when I buy books, it is usually only to purchase something I already know I love. Browsing is under-rated. I haven't read any of these, although I can't wait to do so when my daughter comes home.
And as it turns out, the day after Visiting Day, I received a letter from my daughter requesting... books!
(By the way, don't worry that she is sitting at camp indoors reading all day. She goes to farming camp and is out all day, petting the goats, visiting the chickens, doing arts and crafts and as well as all the other traditional camp activities. But I am happy she is has enough downtime to sit (outside!) and read, too.)
How many books does your child go through at camp?