Book 2: coming in 2012

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Indie bookshops we love

Throughout January Over the next little while :) we’ll thank some of the many individuals and organisations we've loved dealing with since The Fly Papers launch. 

Today - passionate, wonderful booksellers. (And the Widget to the left is from the brilliant Indie Bound campaign!)

The Children's Bookshop, Kilbirnie, Wellington
We've thanked them so many times already, we hope it doesn't get boring! But the whole book-loving team there are a delight to deal with – from both a small publisher's and an (ahem) enthusiastic buyer's point of view.

Marsden books, Karori, Wellington
This loyalty-inspiring bookshop has a beautifully curated selection for all ages. And owner Anna Hunt is passionate about giving books to children that engage, challenge, and above all, don't underestimate children's abilities and understanding.

Craft Country, Featherston, Wairarapa
Our closest stockist – and not a bookshop! But this wonderful, collaboratively-run venture, which sells all manner of hand-crafted goods, has been kind enough to stock The Fly Papers, in their ongoing efforts to support local and independent makers.

Almo's Bookshop, Carterton, Wairarapa
Owner Steve is always keen to support local publishers, writers and illustrators. Almo's has a nice children's section, and as an aside, one of the best selections for gardeners, crafters, and self-sufficiency folks that we’ve ever seen.

Next Page Please!, Takapuna, Auckland
This large, vibrant children's bookshop is owned by the marvellous Maria Elston who is on a mission to bring New Zealand children's books to as wide an audience as possible. A must-visit.

Poppies, Remuera, Auckland
Remuera Poppies owner Elise has been supportive from the start – before we even published. We like the Poppies franchise concept, too.

Young Reflections, Invercargill
We haven't had so much opportunity to meet South Island booksellers – yet. We were thrilled when we received an order from Young Reflections, the furthest south we've been stocked.

A exciting shop, with a great children’s section. We've enjoyed dealing with and meeting (at Dunedin Storylines) the owners and staff.

Children's Bookshop Christchurch
This beloved children's bookshop was devastated by the Christchurch earthquake, but they have survived and thrived.

As we write we keep thinking of more independent bookstores we have loved dealing with, but sadly – no room to name them all.

Right then. Next batch of thank-yous will be to that special breed, the independent book promoters ....