The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 3 October 7, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 2:50 pm

First up, the Eagle Harbor Book Company! This Bainbridge Island independent recently rearranged its entire store, and it looks great. Manager Paul was on hand to give me a tour. Paul is a former president of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Staff Picks abound at Eagle Harbor. This extensive selection has an eye-catching display near the front of the store.

Staff Picks abound at Eagle Harbor. This extensive selection has an eye-catching display near the front of the store.

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I love the colorful letters announcing Eagle Harbor's Children's Section.

I love the colorful letters announcing Eagle Harbor's Children's Section.

We saved Seattle’s most fabled bookstore for last. That would be The Elliott Bay Book Company, of course! What a store.

The Elliott Bay Book Company

The Elliott Bay Book Company

Isn't it glorious?

Isn't it glorious?

I bought a handful of used books at Elliott Bay – I just couldn’t resist! I think I spent about 2 hours there… I could have stayed all day. I love bookstores!

(A note to Seattle bookstore fans: I know I forgot to visit Third Place Books. It was the last store on my schedule but an extra-long daytrip kept me from getting there. I’ll make sure to hit it on my next visit!)

 

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 2 October 6, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 2:50 pm

Oh my gosh, Queen Anne Books. Talk about a gorgeous store. Seriously, I loved this place. Let’s see some pictures!

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Such a great way to display picture books!

I'm super jealous of Queen Anne's display tables. They do them so well!

I'm super jealous of Queen Anne's display tables. They do them so well!

Check out those pineapples!!

Check out those pineapples!!

More bookstores tomorrow!

 

Seattle Bookstore Tour: Part 1 October 5, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 9:41 pm

A few weeks ago, I got to go to Seattle to visit one of my best friends from college. Oh, what wonderful bookstores there are in that city!

First up, the book vending machines:

Book Vending Machine featuring Obama's Inaugural Speech, Mysteries, and Pocket Sudoku

Book Vending Machine featuring Obama's Inaugural Speech, Mysteries, and Pocket Sudoku

How great is that!?! I love it.

The first proper bookstore we visited was Lion Heart Book Store, located in Pike Place Market. We met David, who refers to himself as the 5th caretaker of the store, which opened in 1961. This funky store has a mix of new and used titles.

David, caretaker of Lion Heart Book Store

David, caretaker of Lion Heart Book Store

Store number two, also in Pike Place Market, was Golden Age Collectables. This store is heaven for graphic novel and comics fans.

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Graphic novel and comics fans will love this selection!

Look at this wall! Delicious.

And up third was Left Bank Books. A Seattle institution since 1973, Left Bank is collectively owned and operated by its workers. It doesn’t get more indie-fabulous than that.

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Left Bank Books has a funky interior, filled with art.

Left Bank's very own Kids' Book Corner!

Left Bank's very own Kids' Book Corner!

Stay tuned for photos from Queen Anne Books, Eagle Harbor Book Company, and The Elliott Bay Book Company!

 

Bookstore Visit: WORD Brooklyn September 10, 2009

Filed under: Bookstore Visits — kidsbookcorner @ 6:10 pm

What could be better than getting to hang out in all sorts of wonderful bookstores? On Tuesday I had the pleasure of visiting WORD, a small but perfectly-stocked 3-year-old bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. WORD is much fabled in the bookselling community and I had been wanting to visit it for ages. I know three quarters of WORD’s staff: manager Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore on Twitter – visit her blog), owner Christine Onorati, and events-mastermind Kelly Amabile, and this trifecta of girlpower has done quite a lot with their thousand-square-foot store. (Awesome side note: WORD’s logo colors totally match my blog! A match made in heaven, I say.)

Let’s see some pictures!

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WORD Brooklyn

As you walk in the door, you're greeted by WORD's bright colors and inviting layout.

As you walk in the door, you're greeted by WORD's bright colors and inviting layout.

WORD's fiction section (almost entirely paperback) highlights staff picks.

WORD's fiction section (almost entirely paperback) highlights staff picks.

Stephanie Anderson, WORD's fantastic manager and booseller extraordinaire!

Stephanie Anderson, WORD's fantastic manager and bookseller extraordinaire!

A great display of kids' books right by the front register.

A great display of kids' books right by the front register.

A great Kids' Book Corner if I ever saw one!

A perfect Kids' Book Corner if I ever saw one!

Lots of board books and picture books, just how I like it.

Lots of board books and picture books, just how I like it.

The WORD Book-a-Month Club lets you buy 6 months or a full year of books for your favorite kid, hand selected=

The WORD Book-a-Month Club lets you buy 6 months or a full year of books for your favorite kid, hand selected by the staff.

So, the next time you’re in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, be sure to visit WORD! But if you’re too far away, you can always visit their website or call them up to chat (718.383.0096). Oh, and be sure to follow Stephanie on Twitter and become a fan of their Facebook page! One can never show his or her bookstore allegiance too much.