The October 6 issue of The New Yorker -- on sale now -- features the latest Book Sense insert, "Just Kidding -- Great Books for Children and Young Adults." The five-page special feature presents the handselling favorites of 12 independent booksellers -- all titles drawn from the fall 2003 Children's Book Sense 76. (To view the full 76, click here.)
The feature notes that readers shopping in independent bookstores for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix "discovered not only the magic of Hogwarts but the enchantment that can be found on the pages of other great books," and it also lauds the ability of independent booksellers to "offer sage advice on where to turn once they've read Rowling's latest."
The introduction to the featured titles points out that "the Book Sense Children's 76 list shares the personal recommendations of well-seasoned and well-informed booksellers coast to coast." The insert concludes by directing readers to their local independent bookstore or www.BookSense.com for more information on the Children's Book Sense 76.
The bookstores included in the piece are: Secret Garden Bookshop in Seattle; BookPeople in Austin, Texas; The Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, New Hampshire; The Velveteen Rabbit Bookshop in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; University of Connecticut Co-op in Storrs, Connecticut; Inkwood Books in Tampa, Florida; Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Albany, New York; Brystone Children's Books in Forth Worth, Texas; Chinook Bookshop in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Wellesley Booksmith in Wellesley, Massachusetts; The Children's Corner Bookshop in Spokane, Washington; and Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, California.