World Book Night

Naperville resident Renee hicks loves the book “Because of win Dixie”, a heart-warming story of a young, small-town girl who discovers friendship in a dog she finds.

Hicks brought her own canine companion along to deliver 25 copies of the book to foster kids from the not-for-profit “Our Children’s Homestead.”

“I just thought it’d be a great way for these kids to read and understand that through other relationships and exposure to even animals and people, you can certainly expose yourself to other people,” said Hicks. “With the dog, I just thought it’d be a great read for this age bracket.”

“She really felt that foster children with the situation and instability they’ve been in that giving them something from an outside source would be an inspiration to them and help them through some obstacles they go through in their daily lives,” said Kirstin Samp, Vice President of Marketing and Development at Our Children’s Homestead.

Also hoping to inspire others, about 100 more customers filled the front of Anderson’s Bookshop, collecting copies of a book of their choice to donate to similar causes as part of “World Book Night,” an effort among booksellers and readers to share their love of reading.

Last year, residents throughout the United Kingdom gave away free copies of 25 popular books to those who don’t have access to reading materials. This year bookshops in 5,000 cities across the U.S are following suit, including right here in Naperville.

“I think it’s a great event to participate in because I was introduced to reading at a very young age and those who weren’t are missing out,” said Molly McGuire, a donor. “This is a great opportunity to have others who normally wouldn’t be able to do that be able to.”

“You don’t have to go anywhere. You can sit in one place and go to a million different places,” said co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshop, Becky Anderson. “You can go out on an adventure. You can be entertained. There’s nothing like a book as they say a book is a gift that can be opened again and again.

She also says she’s just glad her bookshop could be a part of this international event.

“I think Naperville’s a great place for World Book Night because we have such a sense of giving back. People partner, do things together to help people and help our community beyond Naperville,” Anderson added. “There’s nothing better to start dialogue than a book that you love. So reaching out to somebody that needs that gift – I couldn’t think of anything cooler than that.”

Anderson also says by next year, she expects the event to include New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, covering most of the English-speaking world.

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