The 50/50 Challenge: Support Indie Booksellers
Spurred on by John Schumacher (of Watch. Connect. Read. fame) and his relationship with Anderson’s Bookshop and author/illustrator Matthew Cordell’s recent call to reawaken your love for the picture book, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I support independent bookstores. As a school librarian working at four elementary schools, I’m in the position to decide where some legitimate book dollars are spent. I’m guessing many of you reading this are in a similar purchasing boat.
So why don’t we make a statement?
I have a simple plan I’m adopting, effective now, that I hope you too will consider. I’m committing to using at least half of my yearly budget to purchase books at my local independent bookstores (namely Pooh’s Corner and Schuler Books).
The question is – are you with me?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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