Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder


Neighborhood: Union Square
Type of Place: Books

Once upon a time, there were many independent bookstores all across the country, but time has changed that, mainly through the advent of internet shopping and big box chains like Borders and Barnes and Noble. Sound familiar? This was the basis of the Meg Ryan – Tom Hanks movie, You’ve Got Mail – and Books of Wonder was the location for the children’s bookstore in the movie! Books of Wonder is one of only a handful of childrens-only bookstores across the country, and it’s a delightful place to while away an afternoon.
The store recently moved from a tight space to just a few hundred feet down the block, but into a space that’s nearly double in size. The new shop is well-lit, and holds even more books waiting to be discovered as a child’s “favorite book ever!” Along with the bigger space, there’s the yummy addition of The Cupcake Café, making this the perfect place to hold children’s birthday parties, or just to treat a favorite little one (and yourself!)
Have a question, or can’t remember the name of a title you’re looking for? The staff is very knowledgeable, and happy to give recommendations. Saturdays at Book of Wonder often include book signings, and lines for high-profile authors can sometimes stretch down the block! While you wait, check out the great collection of rare, first-editions of classic children’s books. Whether you’re shopping for a child, or just revisiting your own childhood, you will certainly find many wondrous books here. –Molly, 2005

Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th St.
New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-3270