B – Books of Wonder – New York, NY

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.

Artist: Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935 – American)

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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18 Responses to B – Books of Wonder – New York, NY

  1. I had no idea this store existed. I love the name of it – so appropriate to its purpose.
    One of my many favourite childhood books was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It was read aloud by my Grade three teacher. It wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I learned it was actually part of the Chronicles of Narnia series. I still remember the elation I felt when I first heard the story, and the equally powerful emotion when I learned that there was more!

    • Oh, I love this childhood memory of yours about a favorite book. Later in the challenge, I write about a childhood book I was able to buy from a bookseller and the thrill of holding it in my hands again. Come back when you can.

  2. I love the name of this store, if I ever travel to New York I will have to look it up.

    • Have returned the visit to your blog and left you a comment. Thanks for joining me as we begin the Challenge. You will approve the fact that I have a great attitude when it comes to April and finding new blogs like yours. Come back when you can for more great bookstores.

  3. I would love to visit this store! Great pictures of kids engrossed in reading 🙂

    • Your comment has led me to your blog which I am now following. Such fun to find a well presented, great information, well-written blog. Congratulations. Hope you will have time to return to my bookstore tour during April.

  4. Anagha Yatin says:

    Will suggest these stores for my cousins who are now very much part of New York.
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Happy A to Z to you!

  5. I love old bookstores, there was one when I was on holiday in the West Country that was like a warren, books on every wall, long corridors of shelves and just about every type of book, I spent rather too long in there.

    I do have favourite books from my childhood that, as I’ve gathered god children, I’ve wanted to pass the love on, but I do have my limits on how much I will pay for the memories. One book I can’t get hold of is under my limit is Tuppeny, Feefo and Jinks by Enid Blyton, I remember loving the stories, but I will have to spend more time in old bookshops (what a shame!!!) to find it at a price I can afford ;P.

    Ghostly Inspirations – Sophies A to Z

    • I am here cheering you on that one day you step across the threshold of a wonderful old bookstore and there on the shelf waiting for you is your childhood book just as wonderful as you remembered. Perhaps waiting on Charing Cross Road that I write about tomorrow.

  6. Hari OM
    What a wonderful place you have described! I was an avid reader from very early; I still have ‘Milly Molly Mandy’, very tatty but still loved; I still have my original Chronicles of Narnia… oh my word you have sparked memories!
    I mentioned yesterday that our local shop here begins with “B” – it is Bookpoint Dunoon and has a cafe inside. It welcomes folk to read and chat and it’s wonderful. (Just add a ‘dot com’ to it for their website.) YAM xx

  7. I will look into Bookpoint Dunoon. Wish we could meet at the cafe and talk about our favorite childhood books.

  8. I enjoyed your post today. Some of my earliest childhood memories surround childrens books and the library. Looking forward to more from your A to Z. Visiting from
    If I Only Had A Time Machine

    • Your wonderful blog is one of the best I ever found when participating in the blog challenge for the first time a few years back. It is an example of how blogging should be done.and taught me a great deal about clarity, and trying to present a well-written post. I feel sure both of us would be entirely different women today had it not been for the books of childhood that stoked our imaginations, gave us a love of language, and the habit of a lifetime of reading. Tomorrow I hope to see you along Charing Cross Road in London.

  9. Nilanjana Bose says:

    Not sure why my comments are not going through – trying once more.

  10. I’m going to New York in June so Books of Wonder is now on my itinerary. That is so interesting that they also publish books.

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