Indie Bookstore Day 2018 – Plus… Pride Stocklist!

“Consumers control the marketplace by deciding where to spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read the book. This is how we change the world: we grab hold of it. We change ourselves.”
Ann Patchett


We’re only just starting out in bookselling, and one of the reasons we’re convinced that this might be even remotely viable in 2018, is that we love shopping in independent bookstores ourselves. We choose to do this for a ton of reasons, but mainly because we love book talk with other people that get excited by books, and because supporting local businesses is important to us.

Back in 2010, Ruth and I decided to make a guidebook to all the best new and used indie bookstores in the UK. Every weekend, we would visit bookstore after bookstore, take pictures of what we loved about it, eat cake and drink coffee if that was an option, and rate it. The book never got made, but it didn’t matter because our ‘research’ was the fun part.

Independent bookstores are still around and people do still buy books – especially for children. Check out some of the fun stuff that happens today (and every day) at indies here.

We still have a few tweaks to make to our stock list before Pride season, but here is the latest list:

Board Books
Mommy, Mama and Me by Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
Daddy, Papa and Me by Leslea Newman, Carol Thompson (Illustrator)
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Good Night Families by Adam Gamble, Kelly Cooper (Illustrator)
Uh-Oh! by Shutta Crum, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
Blanket of Love by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Brooke Boynton-Hughes (Illustrator)

Different Families
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B Schiffer, Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator)
The Christmas Truck by J.B. Blankenship, Cassandre Bolan (Illustrator)
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
Zak’s Safari by Christy Tyner
In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco
Two Moms and a Menagerie by Carolyn Robertson, Patricia De Villiers (Illustrator)
The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan, Danamarie Hosler (Illustrator)
The Family Book by Todd Parr
One Family by George Shannon, Blanca Gomez (Illustrator)
What Makes a Baby by Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smythi (Illustrator)
ABC A Family Alphabet Book by Bobbie Combs, Desiree and Brian Rappa (Illustrators)

From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea by Kai Cheng Thom, Wai-Yant Li and Kai Yun Ching (Illustrators)
Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship by Jess Walton, Dougal MacPherson (Illustrator)
I’m a Girl by Yasmeen Ismail
Annie’s Plaid Shirt by Stacy B. Davids, Rachael Balsaitis (Illustrator)
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino, Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)
Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman, Eda Kaban (Illustrator)
Who Are You?: The Kid’s Guide to Gender Identity by Brook Pessin-Whedbee, Naomi Bardoff (Illustrator)
It’s Okay to be Different by Todd Parr
Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, Mike Curato (Illustrator)
King and King by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland
I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, Shelagh McNicholas (Illustrator)
Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders, Steven Salerno (Illustrator)
When You Look Out the Window: How Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin Built a Community by Gayle E. Pitman, Christopher Lyles (Illustrator)
This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
Love is Love: A Proud Coloring Book by Monica Hammond


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