Thank you, Anderson's Bookshop!

Many of you reading this blog post have heard me say at least a dozen times how lucky I feel to live two miles from Anderson's Bookshop (the best bookshop in the world). I promote Anderson's whenever an opportunity presents itself--in my school library, during conferences, on social networking sites, on this blog. I want folks to see what an independent bookshop gives back to the community.

Without Anderson's Bookshop, my students would not have watched Peter Brown draw Lucille Beatrice Bear.

Brother-and-sister team Jennifer and Matthew Holm would not have spent an hour with them talking about the value of graphic novels, creating a short Squish story before their very eyes, and signing their books.

They would have missed out on Jarrett J. Krosoczka's dynamic presentation.

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes would not have made every first and second grader feel special.

Newbery Medalist Richard Peck would not have celebrated his fortieth book in my school library.

Author-illustrator Eric Wight would not have inspired my students to create their own Frankie Pickle adventures.

Kate Messner and Linda Urban would not have shared valuable writing tips.

Thank you, Anderson’s Bookshop, for helping me create a quality library program that connects young readers with authors.


  1. As you know, I am patently jealous of your proximity to Anderson's. :) However, I can get past it and celebrate the wonderful independent bookstore that it is and I appreciate how much they do for you and the children in the area. Yay Anderson's!

  2. You are indeed so lucky! But we are the lucky ones, too, for your amazing blog. You inspire me, John, and want you to know how many students & teachers you touch. Thank you!

  3. Every time I go to Anderson's I secretly hope that I'll be able to meet the legendary Mr. Schu! :)

  4. I wish I lived closer to Anderson's. Four hours is a haul, but I would definitely make it to events if it were only two hours away. I should make it my goal to go there for at least one event this summer.

  5. I'm hoping to visit this summer when we travel to Chicago area and St. Louis to visit family. Would love to meet Mr. Schu there :-)


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