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Independent Booksellers’ Personal Favorites

February 25, 2011

Have you ever asked your Independent Booksellers what their favorite books are?

When visiting with my booksellers we always talk about books that have been special to us over the years, whether it is a book that they have read to their children, read during storyhour or even one that a customer might have turned them on to.

Here is the 1st of several blog posts to come your way throughout the year. Take a look, buy a book and spread the word!!! I hope you will take the opportunity to ask your local bookstore what their favorites are and share them with us…………

The Monster at the of this Book by Jon Stone; Illustrated by Michael Smollin

One of my favorite books as a kid and now one of my favorite Read-A-Louds. A classic for a reason.
-Stephanie Anderson from Word Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY


Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

This book has many lessons to be learned as we watch Harriet grow up. I loved the fact that she walked around with her notebook observing the people in her world. She was just trying to figure it all out. Perhaps this is where the modern prescription of journaling began.
-Carolyn Anbar from Watchung Books in Montclair, NJ


People by Peter Spier

This non-fiction picture book celebrates differences, yet also shows and reassures children of all ages that people throughout the world are alike in most ways. As relevant today (if not more so) then when it was first published 20 years ago. The colorful pictures are simple, yet detailed and fascinating and the text contains a lot (but not an overwhelming amount) of information. I like to recommend it because it promotes tolerance and understanding….
-Mary Gannen from Book Court in Brooklyn, NY


My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

This is such a great family Read-A-Loud. Children of all ages enjoy this story and the accompanying illustrations keep younger children engaged.
-Heather Hebert from Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

It’s innocent, there’s adventure and even a bit of a young crush. It’s just “sweet, sweet, sweet”.
-Donna Fell from Sparta Books in Sparta, NJ

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2011 11:12 am

    When I taught kindergarten I always read aloud My Father’s Dragon. It was a great intro into chapter books for them! Great books choices!!

  2. February 25, 2011 5:32 pm

    The Monster at the End of This Book is one of my all time favorites! A classic indeed.

  3. Angela K Sherrill permalink
    February 25, 2011 6:49 pm

    Love this post. Great idea–and all great books.

  4. February 26, 2011 11:44 pm

    I absolutely loved The Monster… when I was young! Wore it out reading it so much.


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