Of course you can order my books by the glow of your computer screen at 2:00 a.m.! Nothing beats browsing the shelves of a great brick-and-mortar bookshop, however. To support the independent booksellers (and other specialty retailers) who support my independent publisher, I’ve set up this section of the website to tell you all about the stores where you can find my books. Support the indies!!!!
Blue Chair Children’s Books
177 North Glendora Avenue
Telephone: (626) 335-8630
Story times, book-themed tea parties, infant music groups, even a climbing wall. This independent specialist owned and operated by two former teachers is doing everything it can to fuel local children’s love of reading. We visited recently (on a Sunday, alas), but The Boy and I were able to peek through the windows and see copies of my first-day-of-school book in a great spot just to the right as you walk in! If you find yourself strolling through Glendora’s quaint downtown, stop in and say hello. As a sign by the door proclaims, “We EXIST because of YOU!”
“The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s quote is a favorite of bookseller Patty Greenwood’s, and mine. Behind the register of the store she runs with husband Scott Sterns is a “Quote Board” that features the opening line of a book. Guess which book, or the author, and you’ll receive 10% off any item in the store. No penalty for wrong guesses or group effort! These independent specialists will special-order titles that are available new and in print, and are happy to look online or contact local used bookstores to assist customers in the hunt for out-of-print titles. For those of you who are writers as well as readers, The Book Nook also offers beautiful pens and tooled leather journals. My personal assistant did not have the camera on my first visit to The Book Nook – grrrr – but we’ll be back toodling around Vermont to see the fall foliage soon enough and will post photographs of The Book Nook then.
Glossy coffee table books celebrating Americans’ love affair with the open road aren’t the only things on display at this extensive and fun store, nestled within the Texarkana KOA (barking distance to the freeway). If there’s a camper, RVer, or automobile buff in your life, this is the spot to find that person a truly unique gift, most of which this traveling terrier has seen nowhere else. Shiny silver Airstream-shaped slippers… handmade camper- and RV-themed shirts… salt-and-pepper shakers in the shape of the classic VW Bug and Bus… plus everything from RV- and camper-themed bracelet charms to wooden birdhouses and limited editions of original artwork celebrating the free-wheeling RV lifestyle. And, as is only fitting, genuine “paw-tographed” copies of my very own road trip book!