This is a literary town, and not just for adults. NYC is home to not only many amazing children’s book authors and illustrators, but also spirited independent bookstores that sell — and support — their work. The impending autumn has us in a bookish mood, so we checked in with some of the city’s major indie booksellers to find out what works from local scribes and scribblers they’re most excited to see and read. Intrigued? Many authors will be dropping in to read works in person at these stores, and the Brooklyn Book Festival is touching down on September 19 and 20 in downtown BKLYN. Click through to see their picks — and don’t forget: Reading is fundamental!


From Brightly: Monkey: Not Ready For Kindergarten

The folks at Brightly — an NYC-based site dedicated to helping parents raise kids who love to read — select a title that is a perfect choice for any family with a little one headed to school (specifically kindergarten) for the first time. Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten is by NYC-based Marc Brown, creator of the Arthur book and PBS television series. The book, written for kids 3 to 7 years old, finds title character monkey with a serious case of the jitters about going to kindergarten. He's got lots of worries: about no friends, bad snacks and the potential lack of red crayons. His parents help Monkey get over his fears until he's actually excited about his new academic adventure.

Release date: June 23


What fall release is your family looking forward to reading? Tell us in the comments below!

— Mimi O’Connor