Retro book shop elementsI believe that in today’s book-buying climate, while it is good to have the option of buying books online, it is also of crucial importance that we continue to purchase books from independent bookstores. In fact, if the ease of online shopping is what we wish, many indie bookstores have online store features (although not the deep discounts of the large online companies — so authors and illustrators are still getting just compensation for their work if one orders through an indie.)

I have written several blog posts featuring a different independent bookstore somewhere in the world. The links are below. Then scroll down — the maps further down the page will show you where each is located. I hope you’ll support independent bookstores (in person and online) whenever possible!

Books, Bytes and Beyond, Glen Rock, New Jersey

Books, Bytes and Beyond is a bookstore devoted exclusively to books for children and young people, just outside New York City in Glen Rock, NJ. It hosts many author events as well as housing a super collection of books for all ages of kids. You can find them at 201 Rock Road, Glen Rock, NJ, and you can read my blog post about them here.

Books, Bytes & Beyond

Micawber’s Books, St. Paul, Minnesota

Micawber’s is off the main drag, in a quaint and delightful area — and is, itself, quaint and delightful. Pop in and meander around the tables, browse the shelves, and be prepared for serendipity. You can find them at 2238 Carter Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota, and you can read my blogpost here.


London Review Bookshop, London, England

Everywhere you turn in the London Review Bookshop, you are surrounded by books. Books on tables, books on shelves — visit it at 14 Bury Place, London, and see for yourself. (And while you’re there, pop in to their Tea Shop for some delectable goodies.) Find my blogpost about the LRB here.

London Review Bookshop

Canio’s Books

Canio’s is a delightfully eclectic mix of used and new books at 290 Main Street, Sag Harbor on New York’s Long Island. You may read more about it in my blog post, or visit their blog.

Canio's, Sag Harbor, NY


BookHampton has three locations, in East Hampton, Southampton, and Mattituck on New York’s Long Island. This map shows you the location of the East Hampton store. You may read more about it in my blog post, or visit their website.


The Corner Bookstore

The Corner Bookstore in Manhattan, New York’s Carnegie Hill neighborhood offers “the best of the best” in adult books and in children’s books. You’ll find it at 1313 Madison Avenue, on the corner of 93rd Street. You can read about it in my blog post, or visit their website.

The Corner Bookstore, NYC

The Red Balloon Bookshop

The Red Balloon Bookshop in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a delightful place filled with books for kids of all ages. You’ll find my blog post about it here.

The Red Balloon Bookshop

The Red Balloon Bookshop, 591 Grand Avenue, Saint Paul, MN — shop in person or online!