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: The Day the Crayons Came Home

Huzzah! The crayons have returned! (Both to the bookstore and in a larger sense.) Another pick from Brightly, this story from Brooklyn-based (by way of Belfast) illustrator Oliver Jeffers and writer Drew Daywalt is the follow-up to the smash sensation The Day the Crayons Quit, which may count as many adult fans as those of the kid variety. (The book is recommended for readers ages 5 to 8.)

Release date: August 18


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

— Mimi O’Connor