Independent Bookstore Day 2022

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day (art: IndieBound) — and we suggest consulting our new, handy-dandy Summer Reading PDF that you can print and take with you to the store for book-recommendation reference. Independent Bookstore Day is a celebration near and dear to our hearts. Of course, we're big independent bookstore fans, but did you know several Horn Book editors and reviewers — as well as many of your favorite children's authors and illustrators — were/are your friendly neighborhood indie booksellers?

This year's celebration is a little bittersweet, as longtime Friend of the Horn Book Terri Schmitz is permanently closing her Children's Book Shop: "Greater Boston’s oldest independent children’s bookstore." Saturday is the last day to stop by Brookline Village, grab some deals, and profusely thank Terri, as we Horn Bookers did en masse earlier this week. 

In other dramatic local indie bookstore news: Papercuts in J.P., where our sweet Katie Bircher (at right) works, suffered damage this week when two cars (!) slammed into its front window; luckily, the store wasn't yet open and no one was hurt. You can visit the shop on Saturday and donate here

Last month Kitty and I visited All She Wrote Books in Somerville; read Five Questions with the store's owner and founder Christina Pascucci Ciampa.  

The Boston area is loaded with excellent indies! (And we hear through the grapevine that Hummingbird Books is opening soon.) Lots more by and about some of our favorite local -- and not-so-local -- bookshops:

Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons University and a BA from Oberlin College.

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