Books in the Wild: BookCrossing in Chicago

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Was signing bookstore stock in Chicago this week and did a few “wild releases” too! 

Do you know about BookCrossing? It’s this totally fun thing where you assign a book its own ID number, let it go—literally anywhere in the world—and track its travels from reader to reader. Cool idea, right? Sort of reminds of a message in a bottle or tied to a balloon—a totally random journey.

From the BookCrossing website:

 BookCrossing is the act of releasing your books "into the wild" for a stranger to find, or via "controlled release" to another BookCrossing member, and tracking where they go via journal entries from around the world. Our community of 1,952,228 passionate, generous book-lovers is changing the world and touching lives, one traveling book at a time.

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So I released two sets of my latest books that included Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? Footprints at the Shore, Holy Squawkamole! Little Red Hen Makes Guacamole, and Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted—one set in the Navy Pier/Polk Brothers Park/Children’s Museum area, and the other set in the northern part of the city, at a lovely little green space tucked into the Bowmanville subsection of Lincoln Square. 

I was excited when just a few hours after my releases, the first “finder” logged their entry on the BookCrossing website. They’d picked up the Warren bio, noting it was “found at a dog park.” Hope the finder reads and enjoys it, shares it with the children in their life, then releases it for someone else to discover. Where will it wind up next, I wonder? Fun!

© Susan Wood 2019