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Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Revamped Kids Sections at 211!

So in anticipation of the holiday season, as well as a proposed reading group in 2011 by an intrepid 9 year old from Mile-End, we revamped our youth sections this week.

Here's the section you know and love, culled out just a bit to make looking for books a bit easier for you. Boards books are now on the bottom so your child may sit down and read while you shop.

On top is a selection of classic Children's books including the follow-up to 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental titled, simply, Oops as well as a small shelf (to the left in the middle) that has kids books by cartoonists including Jef Czekaj, James Kochalka, Tony Millionaire, Renee French, Sara Varon, and Mo Willems.

Though, I think Mo is officially a kids author who does comics, maybe?

We also have a small table up front that is housing some gift items for kids that you can't find elsewhere in Montreal: Charlie Harper memory games, Moomin piggy bank, Andrew Zuckerman floor puzzle (on sale!) and a MoMA "modern play house" for your budding mid-century enthusiast.

To the left of this table, you'll find a small selection of nonfiction parenting and/or craft books that were spilling out from DIY section.

Here is what we are proudest of this week, we cleaned out the black shelves next to kids and officially made a "Youth" section. Warning, books in this section range from 6 to teenager, so they run the gamut.

Of course, though the classic MOOMIN chapter books are beloved by people of all ages around the world. We have the complete set, all gorgeously resissued, which would make for a lovely gift for some young reader, I think.

We have other classic youth chapter books including The Hotel Cat by Esther Averill, Judy Blume (my hero!), Roahl Dahl, Neil Gaiman, Madeleine L'Engle--is there a biography on Madeleine? I love the absolutely true legend about how over two dozen publishers rejected A Wrinkle In Time before Farrar, Straus & Giroux published in 1962-- and lastly, my childhood favorite Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle the funny old woman who loves kids and lives in an upside down house. When I was a child, I absolutely adored the books that were drawn by Hillary Knight (of Eloise fame)and hated Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle's Farm with those "scratchy, not very pretty drawings" by someone named, oh you know, Maurice Sendak! I still have all of my Mrs. Piggle-Wiggles and when my daughter is fighting a good bath, I make sure to read her "the Radish Cure" from the original book.

And we have youth comics! Including the Wimpy Kid series, Gene Yang's American Born Chinese, Sfar and Trondheim's Dungeon and of course BONE! The classic, should be read by every kid, Bone by Jeff Smith.

This section is a work in progress, so please feel free to give us advice. We have more classics on the way including the Ramona Quimby books, Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Ivy and Bean and much more, check back often and request anything you want that you don't see!

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