WELCOME to the letter B and to this year’s theme: BOOKSHOPS
18 W. 18th St. NY, NY 212-989-3270
When I was a little girl, my mother would read to me. The books of my childhood created my lifetime habit of reading. Eventually, I authored two novels myself. (A 3rd in the works.) One of my favorite childhood books is A Tree for Peter, written and Illustrated by Kate Seredy. I hope you’ve had the pleasure, as I have, of tracking down such a book, perhaps paying too much money, as I did, but reunited with one of your childhood treasures. I offer you the children’s bookstore you are looking for while in New York or visit by phone or online.
Founded in 1980, Books of Wonder is New York City’s largest and oldest children’s bookstore and the city’s leading specialist in children’s literature. Of special interest to collectors are their old, rare, and collectible children’s books and original children’s book art, many signed by the author or illustrator. There are some 19th-century editions of classic Grimm and Andersen fairy tales. early editions of The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew and beloved classics like Eloise, Paddington Bear, The Story of Babar, A Wrinkle in Time. Prices range from ten dollars to several hundred dollars with some even in the thousands!
Books of Wonder is also one of the nations leading dealers in original children’s book art. We know that the paintings and drawings created to illustrate children’s books have the power to captivate, excite, and delight us. Among the talented artists found at Books of Wonder are Caldecott Medal winners Leo & Diane Dillon, Paul O. Zelinsky, and Trina Schart Hyman, as well as celebrated artists Michael Hague, Mark Teague, Michael Foreman and Troy Howell. In addition to these modern masters, Books of Wonder also offers original illustrations by some of the great artists of the past.
Books of Wonder publishes many of the Oz classics, including the original L. Frank Baum titles (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its many sequels) In partnership with HarperCollins Publishers there are the Books of Wonder Classics: deluxe gift editions of timeless stories, illustrated with full-color plates and black-and-white drawings. Included in the series is Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Jungle Book, The Story of Dr. Doolittle, Black Beauty and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The child we carry with us to this day would love a visit to Books of Wonder. Have fun.