Kidlit Auction to help Books of Wonder

Beloved New York independent children’s bookstore Books of Wonder is holding a GoFundMe to raise funds to have its West 18th Street store move location. Here are the details from the store:

Books of WonderBooks of Wonder needs to relocate! After 15 years at 18 West 18th Street in NYC, our lease is coming to an end.

We have found a wonderful new location in the Flatiron district (near Eataly and the Rizzoli Bookstore), but to renovate and move in will require an investment of $250,000 to $350,000. So we are reaching out to the children’s book community for support. Many of you have received an email from me looking for “angel” lenders and replied by asking if there was a way for you to simply contribute to our moving expenses. This is the purpose of this GoFundMe campaign.

Some of you may wonder why after so many years in business, we do not have the resources to handle this move on our own. The fact is that the financial stability of this store was dependent on the contribution of our sub-tenant a bakery/cafe/caterer.  They were responsible for 40% of the rent and other expenses. Unfortunately, they went out of business during the Great Recession, owing us over $300,000 in rent and other expenses. We did find another sub-tenant, who paid faithfully the first few years, but unfortunately, ran into financial trouble two years ago and has left us having to pay most of the rent. This has unfortunately, depleted our working capital.

As of September 2nd, Books of Wonder began its 40th year in business.  We hope to serve the children, families, authors, artists, and children’s book community of the NYC area and beyond for many more years to come. With your help and that of our other many friends and supporters, we hope this will be possible.

We thank you all for your support. No donation is too small (or too big!) and if you prefer to remain anonymous, that’s fine, though we would love to be able to thank all those who contribute.

Kidlit authors and illustrators, we never want to lose an independent bookstore, especially one as supportive as Books of Wonder. That’s why we’re holding this auction to help.

Fill out the form below with your donation.

Please note: Your email will only be used to contact you. It will NOT be published with your donation.

Instructions: In the “Post Title” field, type in the name of your donation, i.e. Critique of Full YA/MG Manuscript. In “Post Category,” choose the category that best fits your donation. In “Post Content,” type in all the details of your donation. If you are donating a service, such as a critique of author visit, please include any expiration date if you have one. For author visit donations, please also include whether it’s virtual or in-person, and if in-person, where you are willing to travel. View an example.

Questions? Contact me. Thank you!


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