Friends and Readers: as I was making a huge order on Amazon I realized that I have been failing in one major category here on the blog: I have failed to promote my favorite institutions in the world--independent bookstores.
You see, I am a big believer in independent bookstores. Even the smallest bookstores have a better selection than most Barnes&Nobles--because the books are collected based on a person's taste and knowledge. I've never walked into a independent bookstore without finding something extra-ordinary. Plus, with their knowledge and personal service, they are happy to make recommendations and order books for you.
Plus...it is my dearest dream to own a true brick-and-mortar children's bookshop. In the Kindle age, it looks like I will have to roll up this dream and stick it in a drawer, to take out and look at every now and then, but only cherish because its there not because its possible. (Name THAT reference, kiddos.)
In the meantime, I shall do what I can to promote the brick-and-mortar Mom-and-Pop bookshops. To that end, I am going to begin reviewing independent children's bookshops, and bookshop's children's sections on a fairly regular basis. I hope to do one every two weeks, at least.
I'll also be including links to books via IndieBound--so you can buy your favorite titles through your favorite independent bookstore rather than Amazon, should you so desire. And, finally, on the left, I have added a section of links to in dependant bookstores. (They are sorted by state.)
I want most of all to hear recommendations from you. I've been to a lot of bookstores around the US, but I am sure you all have your favorites--and there are plenty that I don't know about. I'd love to hear from you! Be sure to include:
+ Where they are
+ What they specialize in
+ How big their selection is
+ Why you love them
+ What your favorite purchase from them has been
All independent and used bookshops qualify. Please send entries to: