Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm; Sun, 11am-6pm
1 at 18th St.; F, V at 14th St.; L at Sixth Ave.
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Since 1980, Books of Wonder—an independent, singular paradise for young readers and those who love them—has been New York's go-to source for first-rate children's books, limited editions, and art from children's literature. While the shop offers rare collectors' editions (an original 1900 printing of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz goes for $9,500) and faithful reproductions of Baum's Oz classics, youngsters and their parents will feel at home among the cozy, accessible stacks, including the 60-plus Books of Wonder Classics, reissued in collaboration with HarperCollins and featuring favorite childhood works from Alice to Jules Verne. The friendly, savvy staff is on hand to point out the latest Caldecott Medal Winners, but independent shoppers will find the store easy to explore, with browser-friendly sections arranged by age (beginning with fetal) or genre (pop-ups, picture books, reference, etc.). Bonuses include an unusally large section devoted to teen reads and an exhibition area with prints for sale from illustrators like Brer Rabbit's Barry Moser or Maurice Sendak. Storytelling time rivets kids aged 3-6 every Sunday at noon.Extra
The beloved Cupcake Café has an outpost right inside the store; defy the post-sugar-high crash-and-burn with a good book.