I had an hour with twenty fourth grade girls. Talking about books. And the wonder they contain. And the worlds you can visit in them. Making and drinking 'Dump Punch' and crafting yard candles from paper lunch sacks, sand, and votive candles.
Twenty girls, whose eyes lit like Fourth of July sparklers when I handed out specially printed World Book Night 2012 copies of Because of Winn-Dixie.
One hug. Given to me. By one of the girls. It made the entire experience simply perfect.
My Giver Box is now empty, and my heart is full. And twenty fourth grade girls learned about the power of books. Thank you to all who made World Book Night possible.