Any book that helps children form a habit of reading, that makes

reading a deep and continuing need, is good for them.


– Maya Angelou (author and poet)








My brick-and-morter shop is closed until further notice.

In the meantime, check out my online shop, while I transition my inventory online. Including my new offer of "SURPRISE" packages. Surprise packages are available for children, teens and adults...treat yourself to a "surprise" package of my books and stuff! 

My name is Lynn Washington, I'm a graphic designer and I served as the design studio supervisor for the Free Library of Philadelphia for over 25 years. I opened Books & Stuff in January, 2015 at 23 Maplewood Mall in Germantown, Philadelphia. A book/gift shop that sells new, multi-cultural, (primarily Afrocentric), books and gifts for children, teens and adults. I have the largest selection of Afrocentric children's books in Philly!


In her article, Children's Books: Still an All-White World?, Kathleen T. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, makes the following statement – "Again, it comes back to buying the books. I often quote the poet Alexis DeVeaux who once said “Buying a book is a political act.” That has never been truer than it is today. If we want to see change, if we want to see more diversity in literature, we have to buy the books. Buy them for our schools, for our libraries, for our families, for our friends. We must be the agents of change. Otherwise, we are all participants in a “cultural lobotomy.” And it won’t be technology that threatens the very existence of books. It’ll be their complete and utter irrelevance in the real world that never was and never will be all white."


Books & Stuff
23 Maplewood Mall | Philadelphia PA 19144
lwbands@yahoo.com | www.booksandstuff.info
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