Well, that seems silly, because you read a book not smell it, right?
Being a parent I know that toys fill a room and many of those toys go unnoticed after a few days, then they become clutter. But books fill a room with knowledge, time spent together, and yes smells. Our children’s senses are filled with a book in print, not a book on a screen. There is a smell of paper and glue. The printing has a hint of a wonderful odor. There is a smell of you, their parent beside them holding a book and reading together. At bedtime, the smell of clean sheets while reading will be a lasting scent that will bring back memories long after children are grown.
When I read Arnold to my grandchildren, we can smell tacos and burgers as we discuss his eating habits. If we get silly together reading, we can smell pig poop. We close our eyes and smell horses in the pasture.
Each page of Wings and Feet discuss smells and they permeate from the pages under little noses. The sweet scent of clover, flowers in the meadow, the crisp smell of a babbling brook.
Most of all a parent can treasure the smell of a freshly bathed child with clean jammies in bed reading together. Your face is in the perfect position to enjoy that little child smell that will soon be gone before you know it. Maybe it’s a book in the car with seat leather smell mixing with paper as the book is opened and pages turned. You also might experience the stinky feet smell when a child plops off his shoes, crosses his legs, and settles in for a good book read.
That book smell is a memory embedded in your children and a comfort for their souls.