2. New York City
It's only natural, then, that I really love Books of Wonder, the amazing little children's bookstore tucked into a side street near the Flatiron Building.
It's one of those places that make New York City a magical place. It's stacked floor to ceiling with books, and original book art, and an awesome collection of rare books. On any given week, you can stop in and meet real authors, and hear their stories, and have a book signed.
When I imagine heaven, I imagine that it's a lot like this bookstore. There's no place like it.
The down side of being one-of-a-kind, though, is that you're on your own in lots of ways. You don't have corporate muscle or bankroll behind you. Without customers and community, such special places can't exist.
So if you're ever in New York, and if you love books, visit Books of Wonder and buy a book or two.
AND, if you're there on Saturday, November 3, I'll be there too, celebrating great middle grade reads with these other awesome authors:
TOMMY GREENWALD- Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Extra Credit
JOE McKENDRY- One Times Square
CHRIS GRABENSTEIN- Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers
STACY DeKEYSER- The Brixen Witch
Please stop by between 12 and 2pm to say hello and to see what the magic is all about.
And if you can't visit, but you still love books, contribute to the Books of Wonder fundraiser.
The world would be SO boring without places like Books of Wonder. Do you want to live in a boring world?