Help Revitalize Books of Wonder

Books of Wonder, NYC's oldest and largest independent children's bookstore needs your help.
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Peter Glassman
Small Business
New York, New York
United States
1 Team Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends & Supporters,   

When I opened Books of Wonder thirty-two years ago, many folks wondered if there were enough people who would want to support a bookstore that only sold books for children. Over the years, as we moved to larger spaces (our current home is our 5th location in Manhattan), there were always those who questioned if the New York City area could support a large children's bookstore. 

 

Well, for all those who had their doubts, the over 800 people who contributed to our campaign on Indiegogo.com have certainly proven that their is a vital and vibrant community of children's book lovers and those who appreciate the importance of independent bookstores! 

 

Thanks to the generosity of the over 800 who contributed and the incredibly talented authors and artists who helped us with the thank you gifts we offered, our Indiegogo.com campaign has been a success and Books of Wonder is in much better shape to continue our mission of bringing great books to young readers and introducing them to many wonderful authors and artists. 

 

My staff and I are truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, contributions, kind words, and friendship, which you have given to us. You have affirmed that there is still a need for a place where children and adults can gather to find, share, and delight in great books -- both classic and modern. 

 

I am delighted to announce that thanks to the support that all of you -- our generous friends and supporters -- have given us, we came very close to reaching our goal of raising $100,000 to help revitalize, refurbish, and renew Books of Wonder

 

With the addition of a new tenant for our cafe and kitchen space, we are well positioned to move forward on much sounder footing. 

 

Thank you for all you've done to support Books of Wonder. As we enter the holiday season, I hope you will continue that support by turning to us to help you find great books for all your holiday gift giving. We have a new 48-page catalog that's in the mail and on its way to you right now -- or you can view it online by clicking here Books of Wonder Holiday Catalog. And, of course, my staff of children's book experts and I are available to give you our personal attention in the store or by phone. 

I hope to see and speak with many of you between now and the holidays. Thank you again for your enthusiastic and continuing support.

   

 

Best Wishes, 

Peter Glassman 

Books of Wonder        

 
P.S. If any of you never got around to contributing to the Indiegogo.com campaign, but would like to receive one of the wonderful "thank you gifts" our author and artist friends contributed, you may visit our information page about the campaign at this link and view all the remaining available gifts.  We will leave this page up and be happy to accept your contributions through the rest of the year. 

Matthew Reinhart    Lane Smith, Jon Scieszka

About Books of Wonder and our campaign

Ever since opening BOOKS of WONDER in 1980, the store has been devoted to promoting a love and devotion to the best children's books of today while helping preserve the great children's books of childhoods past. Over the past 32 years, BOOKS of WONDER has grown to be a landmark of the New York City landscape. Countless parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians, and all who love great stories and illustration have come to BOOKS of WONDER to find the perfect book for the children they love and meet some of the incredible authors and artists who create these books.

Now, after seven years in our current location, it is time to revitalize, refurbish, and renew.  But to do this, BOOKS of WONDER needs your help. The loss of our subtenant has strained our resources significantly and so we are looking to the community we have served to help us raise a minimum of $100,000 so BOOKS of WONDER can continue to offer readers and books lovers everywhere a haven and home for all those who love children’s books — one that will continue to inspire and encourage a love of reading.

Gregory Maguire Matt TaveresJames Gurney

Your Support Today Will Help Us Bring You an Even Better Books of Wonder! 

When we moved into our current space eight years ago, we leased out 40% of the space to a well-established NYC bakery to provide a cafe for our customers. Unfortunately, the Great Recession was even harder on cupcakes than children's books and they were forced to close, still owing us many months back rent and utilities. Worse still, with the economy hurting, we could not find a new subtenant, and so had to pay the rent on the space we had previously rented. The result of these unexpected expenses, is that BOOKS of WONDER has had to layout over $300,000 in rent and utilities that we expected to be paid by our subtenant. This has strained our resources and, although still able to operate , has left us without the resources to refurbish and renew the store — as well as in a precarious position should there be another unexpected downturn. That is why we are launching this campaign. 


Please know that BOOKS of WONDER will continue. This campaign is so we can improve and reach even more young readers. These funds will help us revitlize, refurbish, and renew so we can provide all who love children’s books with the atmosphere and experience you have all come to love and expect from us. And, of course, we will continue to bring the irreplaceable value of an independent, community-based bookstore to New York City Over the years, BOOKS of WONDER has been fortunate to host many incredibly talented authors and artists. When we reached out to them for help with our campaign, their enthusiastic response was overwhelming. Thanks to their immense generosity and talent, we have assembled a wonderful collection of thank you gifts for those of you who would  like to contribute. Many of these gifts are exclusive to this campaign and some are truly one-of-a-kind. We have put a lot of effort into making sure that our thank you gifts reflect what BOOKS of WONDER is all about and — most importantly — how very much your support means to us.

Over the years, BOOKS of WONDER has been fortunate to host many incredibly talented authors and artists. When we reached out to them for help with our campaign, their enthusiastic response was overwhelming. Thanks to their immense generosity and talent, we have assembled a wonderful collection of thank you gifts for those of you who would  like to contribute. Many of these gifts are exclusive to this campaign and some are truly one-of-a-kind. We have put a lot of effort into making sure that our thank you gifts reflect what BOOKS of WONDER is all about and - most importantly - how very much your support means to us.     

TO VIEW ALL THE GIFTS WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM PLEASE VISIT US HERE :                     

http://www.booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

Chris RashkaDavid WiesnerIan Flaconer

The future of Books of Wonder 

Though, like everyone else, we have had a rough few years, BOOKS of WONDER is looking forward and planning for a bright future. We don’t want to simply survive, we want to thrive and be the best we can be for you and all the other children’s booklovers who depend on us. We know that with your help we can come out of this campaign stronger and ready to face the challenges of the future. Everyone here at BOOKS of WONDER is passionate about children's books and loves sharing that passion with the thousands of children and adults who visit us each year from around the New York City area and around the world. 

Your support of our campaign will help usstrengthen our financial resources, make some much-needed improvements to the store, continue bringing in great books and the talented authors and artists who create them, and provide you - our friends and customers - with the one-of-a-kind experience that has become the hallmark of BOOKS of WONDER

ELISHA cOOPER 1 EMILY MCCULLY  ALAN LEE 1

There are plenty of ways to help

We are asking for your help in the form of contributions. And truly, no amount is too small.  But equally important to making this campaign a success, is having you - our loyal friends and supporters - help us spread the word and raise awareness of what we're doing. This is a 30-day campaign and achieving our goal requires that we reach out to as many supporters as possible. And that's another great way you can help us! If seeing BOOKS of WONDER continue to grow and thrive is of importance to you, please share news about what we're doing with your friends, family, colleagues, and anyone else you think might be interested. Use your twitter, facebook, blog - whatever way you like - to spread the word.

Once again, thank you for your support and generosity in helping us write the next chapter for BOOKS of WONDER.

Below are links to see complete info and view all the gifts  we have put together for you -- our supporters to choose from.

Simply click any of the levels of contribution below to see the available gifts for your choosing.

 

                   

                                            

                    

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    Exclusive BOW Postcard

    You choose 1 of 85+ postcards created from drawings by some of the most beloved and talented authors and artists working in children's books today. Each of these postcards are exclusive to this campaign and will not be offered for sale. To view all the postcards you may choose from and for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    For your generous support, paper engineer and pop-up books designer extraordinaire Robert Sabuda has created a Signed, Limited Edition pop-up notecard designed exclusively for this Books of Wonder Campaign. To see an example of these cards and for more info please visit us here. booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    You choose 6 of 85+ postcards created from drawings by some of the most beloved and talented authors and artists working in children's books today. Each of these postcards are exclusive to this campaign and will not be offered for sale. To view all the postcards you may choose from and for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    Set of 3 postcards created from designs drawn by your choice of award winning artist from Books of Wonder's author/artist autograph books -- all 3 postcards signed by the author/artist themselves on the back! To view the available signed postcard sets and for more info please visit us at: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    You Choose 15 of 85+ postcards taken from drawings created by some of the most beloved and talented authors and artists working in children's books today. Each of these postcards are exclusive to this campaign and NONE will be for sale. To view all the postcards you may choose from and for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    Deluxe Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince + Deluxe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows + 6 HP Bookmarks created for the 2004 midnight launch of The Order of the Phoenix + 7 HP Bookmarks created by BOW for the 2007 midnight launch of The Deathly Hallows OR 2 posters by two Caldecott Medalists created for NY is Book Country -- Maurice Sendak's 2003 or Chris Van Allsburg's 1990. To view the choices and for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    Complete Set of Postcards!

    You will receive all 85+ postcards taken from drawings created by some of the most beloved and talented authors and artists working in children's books today. Each of these postcards are exclusive to this campaign and NONE will be for sale. To view all the postcards for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    You may choose an award winning author or artist to inscribe one of their books with an extra special inscription or drawing to a person of your choice. To see the list of participating authors and artists you may choose from and for more info please visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    You may choose one of the original drawings or signed limited edition prints which were donated by some wonderful artists.To view the original drawings and prints available and for more information please visit us here. booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    Choose 2 signed first editions of the following Caldecott or Newbery Medal Winners. + Full set of 85+ BOW postcards. To view contributors choicesand for more info please visit us here. http://bit.ly/QLi89T

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    BOW Birthday Party!

    We will throw a birthday party for your child and 15 friends with storyteller, refreshments, and a book inscribed to each child with their name by an award-winning or best-selling children’s book author or artist (your choice from our list of authors and artists). We will contact you to arrange the party, for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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    Own an Original

    Select an original illustration each of which were created to illustrate a children’s book or magazine. Some are donations from illustrators who are generously supporting our campaign, while others are from Books of Wonder’s own collection. As an added thank you, the complete collection of 85+ exclusive Books of Wonder postcards. To view the original artworks and for more info visit us here: booksofwonder.com/BOWindiegogo.htm

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