During this crazy shopping time, we all need convenience, and it’s hard to be much more convenient than a Barnes & Noble this time of year. So, I’ve put together a list of mine, and other small press books, that you can currently walk into pretty much any Barnes & Noble and buy right off the shelf. It doesn’t get much more convenient than that.

And if you plan on making a special trip, click on the book’s title to see if the book is in the Barnes & Noble nearest you.

From CBAY Books:

  • The Book of Maps by David Michael Slater — Although this is the third book in the series, you don’t have to have read the first two. The twins start on a whole new adventure in this one as one of the oldest demons comes after them. There’s a lot of action in this one, and you might just find yourself biting your nails as everyone in the world seems to be against the kids.
  • The Necropolis by PJ Hoover — This is the final book in The Forgotten Worlds Trilogy, and I have to say, it’s the best one yet. From an editorial perspective it’s great to see how the author’s writing has grown, but from a kid perspective, the book is just cool. Lots of exciting stuff happens, there’s some more time travel, and we finally get to see what’s happening in Atlantis. Like I said, cool.

From Tanglewood Press:

  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn — The New York Times #1 Bestseller (pretty good for a small press book) is always a great gift. Dealing with separation anxiety, this picture book is good whether a kid is starting school or daycare or even going to stay at Grandma’s for a few days.

From Barefoot Books:

  • Yoga Pretzels by Tara Guber — A fabulous collection of yoga poses suitable for even the youngest yogi. These come on large flashcard sized cards so that you can always see exactly what it is you are working on.

(My list isn’t longer because I had trouble finding small press books in Barnes & Noble stores. Nearly every presses full catalog is carried online, but it was hard to find them physically in the store. Show your support for small presses in big chains. Next time you’re in a Barnes & Noble, purchase one of these books.)

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