by Kristin in Editorial
Last Friday afternoon, I had the pleasure of visiting the wonderful Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka, Illinois. Winnetka is a beautiful suburb north of Chicago—and it is particularly gorgeous in the fall, with leafy trees hanging over every street.
Winnetka’s downtown shopping center is very quaint and adorable and welcoming, with independent clothing boutiques and a high-end pet-supply store and restaurants. Nestled right in the middle is the Book Stall at Chestnut Court.
The children’s section at the Book Stall is one of the best kids’ sections in Chicagoland. It’s extremely well-curated by Robert McDonald, who I had the pleasure of meeting during my visit.
The care that goes into stocking the shelves here is evident upon walking inside the children’s section, where you are welcomed by an open space with seating surrounded by picture books, board books, and other titles for very young readers. (While I was there, a couple of little boys sat reading and giggling their heads off.) To the left, the bookshelves holding titles for older readers span out in front of you.
One of the most fabulous things about the Book Stall’s kid section is its gigantic YA section. Many an indie book store carries a somewhat slim margin of YA in comparison. The Book Stall, however, has an entire wall of shelves devoted to the genre. For a YA reader like me, it’s a dream.
The chapter book and middle grade sections are similarly swelling with fabulous titles. The Book Stall even has a section devoted to toys and games. Whether you’re looking for a book or a toy, the Book Stall really is an excellent place to shop for that perfect birthday present.
All told, I spent about an hour at the Book Stall and left reluctantly—but not before buying a few books for myself. If there’s any drawback at all about a visit to the Book Stall, it’s that your already-burgeoning list of fabulous children’s books to read will grow exponentially.