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Little shop...BIG DEAL

Little shop...BIG DEAL

November 13, 2013 | 08:25 AM

Kids Ink independent bookstore is one of my favorite places in the city. And yes, it would be my favorite even if The Flying Cupcake was not a mere four paces away!

The shop itself is small, but there are BIG things happening there. For starters, the staff and level of customer service is exceptional. These folks are experts when it comes to finding the perfect book for kids of every age. (Hey tweens and teens, they stock a wide variety of great reads for you, too!) It is apparent the staff takes great care when choosing titles as every shelf is stocked with quality books from classics to newly released material.

Along with books, games, puzzles and creative-play toys, Kids Ink hosts many special events throughout the year. These include story times, author birthday parties and, my favorite, author signings.

Last November, Jeff Kinney's not so wimpy tour bus pulled up and caused a stir when he visited and signed hundreds of copies of his book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel. I must say, I think I was more excited than the patrons half my height as I stood in line clutching my hot off the press copy.

This past weekend, Kate DiCamillo greeted over 300 fans and autographed books for over two hours. She also spoke and fielded questions from children in the audience.

When asked about her opinion of The Tale of Despereaux movie adaptation she replied, "Everyone has their own vision of what the movie might be like as they are reading a book. I felt the movie was visually beautiful. Movies are great advertisements for books."

She also explained that she fell in love with the idea of children's literature after reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis as a young person.

Lastly, when asked to explain her advice for aspiring young writers, her answer was simple, "Read, read and read more."

There you have it, one word. Read. Then, when you are ready to purchase your next book head over to Kids Ink!


5619 North Illinois Street


-Wendy S.

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