Purple Crow Books
After another reader tip (see, we do listen!), I took C to Purple Crow Books in downtown Hillsborough. This is a small store that is big on fun for kids. C absolutely loved this place. He was giggling and laughing so loud that the other shoppers commented on his obvious joy.
What did C like about it? The shop owner, who is a retired school teacher, took a nook in the store and made it into a kids' book heaven. The nook actually has a huge window that looks out over the street. You can't get into the window seat-- that is reserved for very cute window displays. But there are loads of books all over the place, of all different levels, for kids to grab and read. If they want, there is an old antique bathtub that has been converted into a seating area. It has pillows and stuffed animals in it. This was what C went so nuts about. Give him a bathtub and let him discover the Pat the Beastie book (which, since we own the Pat the Bunny book, cracks me up, too), and he is happy. But what kid wouldn't be?
There are also wooden blocks and kinetix in here. It is a place where a kid can feel how enjoyable reading is.
For adults, there is a decent selection on the other side. It isn't a huge shop, but the owner is so helpful and friendly. I ended up putting some stuff on order and look forward to when it comes in. I am sure C looks forward to it, too!
Purple Crow Books does carry Polly and the Forbidden House, by the way, if you haven't gotten your copy yet.
No storytimes at Purple Crow Books, but with a space as great as this you can hold your own. Which your child might even appreciate more.
Purple Crow does host author events and signings. There is also a great link about local authors on their website.
Purple Crow Books
109 West King Street