nleash the magic — open a book and make today extraordinary. September 25 is National Open the Magic Day. After discovering this celebration, I did a little digging because it reminded me of unicorns. My five-year-old daughter is rather obsessed with them.
Honestly, I can’t blame her because I was too at her age. My fascination of the mythological creatures and their magic continued for years as I enjoyed reading about the Sweet Valley Twins and their unicorn club.
My daughter likes to ask, “Mommy, is magic real?” And I tell her, “Absolutely, let me show you.” So, I take her little hand as we walk into the library. There’s a slight change in the air — everything looks and feels ethereal, it’s an enchanting atmosphere that never gets old. As we walk towards the picture books with a quick wink, I whisper to Scarlett, “This is where the magic happens.” Books are truly magical. They can teach us, heal us, inform us, take us on an adventure or a journey through time. Working at the library has been a great use of my book obsessed brain and looking at gorgeous covers soothes my soul.
Many adults say they don’t have time to read. Some just admit they don’t like to read anymore. Others stopped because they realized that once they completed a certain reading level, the pages were crammed with words and the pictures had vanished. Poof, no pictures, all words — BORING.
If you’re among that last group, hopefully this post will inspire you to start reading again. Did you know that they make picture books for adults? Unlike the mythical unicorn, picture books for adults do exist — and there are actually all kinds covering different topics.
You can find illustrations and photos in graphic novels, travel, recipe, art, and comic books — books about DIY, design, movies, music, fashion — and that’s just off the top of my head. So, what are you waiting for? The library’s open and full of great (picture) books for all ages.
Open the Magic Day is also a reminder to thank the parents and teachers who do everything they can to help children become who they’re meant to be. Every day they work together to give children the gift of literacy. Their gift also helps to build a safe place for every child to feel loved.
In 2021, Courtney Hinshaw, founder of Ramona Recommends, created National Open the Magic Day to encourage parents, teachers and students to find their confetti moments all around them. She also wanted to give back to the community and share her love of picture books with anyone who loves books. In third grade, Hinshaw was diagnosed with dyslexia and an auditory processing disorder. She grew up a struggling reader but loved books. Because of her parents, teachers — and her perseverance, she became a reader. There isn’t a day that goes by that she doesn’t think about that little girl in fifth grade trying to read.
On September 25 and every day after, take time to Open the Magic. There are so many ways to bring the gift of reading and enjoy those confetti moment. Share your celebration using #OpenTheMagicDay on social media. Never give up on students. Every single one has magic in their hearts. Be the teacher or parent who says, “Open the Magic.”
Adults are reading Young Adult (YA) literature. Yeah, adult adults — grown people with jobs, who pay their own bills, chat about interest rates on mortgages, or maybe even have young adult children themselves. Not only are they reading it, they also make up most of YA literature’s readership.