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 Community Bookstore: The 13 Clocks

Children's Book Specialist at Park Slope's Community Bookstore Amanda Bruns realizes that legendary New Yorker writer and wit James Thurber's The 13 Clocks is not a new release (it debuted initially back in 1950). However, the bookseller is "wriggling with joy" that this classic fable/fairytale/fantasy/poem is getting a paperback reissue from the New York Review of Books Children's Collection. (The NYRB is giving the same treatment to Jean Merrill's The Pushcart War.) Featuring illustrations by Marc Simont, the book tells the story of a wicked Duke who thinks he stopped time with virtuosic wordplay and nonsensical humor. Neil Gaiman provides the introduction in the new edition, and declares the work, best for kids ages 8 to 12 years old, "The most fun that anybody can have reading anything aloud." Sign us up!

Release date: Both titles, September 29


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

— Mimi O’Connor