HEY, YOU GUYS! Name that quote.
You may already know about this, but it kinda struck me as interesting and out of the blue. In New York City I only know of two bookstores that cater solely to kidlit: Bank Street Bookstore (motto: "New York's best bookstore for and about children") and Books of Wonder (humbler motto: "We know just what your kids will love"). If anyone knows of a third I'd be happy to hear it.
In any case, Bank Street Bookstore may have less floor space but what they lack in square footage they make up for in sheer exuberance. Case in point, their recent pairing with Symphony Space entitled Girls Read! and Guys Read! It's a book club series in theory, but a star studded walk of kidlit celeb after kidlit celeb in practice. Check out the line up:
January 21 - Gail Carson Levine discusses Fairest and Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly
February 11 - Linda Sue Park talks about Project Mulberry
March 11 - Blue Balliett discusses The Wright 3
February 4 - A Conversation with illustrator Brett Helquist
March 4 - Rick Riordan discusses Percy Jackson the Olympians
April 1 - Dan Gutman talks about Honus and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure
Cool, right? I'm just hoping that they don't segregate the discussions by gender. I know plenty of boys who enjoyed The Wright 3 and would like to hear Blue Balliett speak. Likewise I just spoke to a young lady the other day for whom nothing but Percy Jackson #3 would do. I watch this all with guarded interest.
Psst! Linda! If you're in town the day before, stop by my library. I might be working.