Sunday, September 13, 2009

Let Us Pause And Reflect

On What A Great Bookstore We Have Become.

We at Little Shop of Stories have no trouble being humble. Trust me. But sometimes we have to congratulate ourselves as well.

Check out the latest New York Times Bestsellers Lists for Children's Books.

Little Shop has been fortunate enough to have brought many of the authors (and one illustrator) on these New York Times lists to Decatur -- most in the last two years.

In the category of picture books, we have hosted Greg Mortenson (#1), Jon Scieszka (#10), and Loren Long (also #10) this year. Greg was here in January after the release of Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg and "Three Cups of Tea." Jon was here in 2008 and just back for the Decatur Book Festival. He is the author of Truckery Rhymes, co-illustrated by Loren Long, who lead this year's DBF children's parade.

As for chapter books, Maggie Stiefvater, author of Shiver (#6), was in for DBF. We hosted the great Sarah Dessen (Along for the Ride is at #9) a couple of years ago.

Greg Mortenson appears again (at #3) in the list of paperback books with Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition. Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie came to DBF two years ago. Though Little Shop had no part in that, I did want to mention that his The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (#6) , which came out subsequent to his Decatur appearance, is one of the best books I've read this year. Trenton Lee Stewart (The Mysterious Benedict Society is #7) stopped by about two years ago.

We hosted Rick Riordan for the third time just last May. His Percy Jackson & The Olympians books are #2 in the series section. He also wrote the first book in The 39 Clues series (#7). Richelle Mead came to this year's DBF with her Vampire Academy books (#3). And last, but certainly not least, Jeff Kinney brought his newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book (#5) to Decatur earlier this year.


Of course, it takes a great community to support a great bookstore. Thank you, Decatur. We hope to be here for your children's children.

P.S. Copies ofTruckery Rhymes, signed by Jon Scieszka, and Shiver, signed by Maggie Stiefvater, are available at Little Shop, as are copies of Otis, by Loren Long, and Toy Boat, illustrated by Loren Long. Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant was just released this past week and will undoubtedly appear on next week's chapter book bestsellers list. [It did, at #3.] We have a limited number of books signed by her as well.

1 comment:

AgnesReads said...

They're all lucky to have such a cool store host them.