Books of Wonder: "NYMAG ASSIGN: The Shop Around the Corner" Top 5 Page for this destination New York City Shopping Tip by shutterlust
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I'm going to take this right from my magazine's review, since they put it so well! :-)
"Since 1980, Books of Wonder - an independent, singular paradise for young readers and those who love them - has been New York's go-to source for first-rate children's books, limited editions, and art from children's literature. While the shop offers rare collectors' editions (an original 1900 printing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz goes for $9,500) and faithful reproductions of Baum's Oz classics, youngsters and their parents will feel as home among the cozy, accessible stacks, including the 60-plus Books of Wonder Classics, reissues in collaboration with HarperCollins and featuring favorite childhood works from Alice to Jules Verne. The friendly, savvy staff is on hand to point out the latest Caldecott Medal Winners, but independent shoppers will findt he store easy to explore, with browser-friendly sections arranged by age (beginning with fetal) or genre (pop-ups, picture books, reference, etc). Bonuses include na unusually large section devoted to teen reads and an exhibition area with prints for sale from illustrators like Brer Rabbit's Barry moser or Maurice Sendak. Sundays at noon, storytelling time rivets kids aged 3-6."
Also, for movie buffs, You've Got Mail's "Shop Around the Corner" is based on this children's book store, Books of Wonder.
What to buy: Books of course! And definitely check out the Cupcake Cafe, which is right inside the store. Fantastic, beautiful and delicious cupcakes that rival Magnolia's.
What to pay: $5-50, depending on whether you're buying a standard children's book or a special, rare edition book or even a first-printing...
Address: 18 W. 18th Street
Directions: On 18th street, between 5th and 6th Avenue. Take the 1 at 18th street or the F/V at 14th Street or the L at 6th Avenue
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