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)
BOOKS & STUFF for Children with just enough for Teens & Adults!
Books & Stuff opened in January, 2015 at 23 Maplewood Mall in Germantown, Philadelphia. It's a book/gift shop that sells discounted, multi-cultural books, and other "stuff" for children, teens and adults, with the largest selection of Afrocentric children's books in Philly!
Books & Stuff brings together in one space many of the books that have been published over the years that depict and are about people of color. 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."
Due to the coronavirus I will be closed until April 2, at which time I will reevaluate if I need to be closed for a longer period. In the meantime, check out my online shop for some interesting book selections and two fundraisers!