What is the world’s best local bookstore for kids?
“It’s so great to have a bookshop that is accessible for everyone,” says Tristan McManus, a senior at Woodlawn High School in Hamilton, Ont.
“I can go in and see a book, get my own books, and then go and pick up a book from a local bookshop.”
McManus and his family own a number of local bookstores, including Humboldt Books, Bookseller, Bookstore, and the Books and More store.
“I love the idea that you can get everything in a local shop and then just pick it up at the store,” McManos says.
He says he buys his books from local booksellers and often picks up a second-hand book at the local bookstore.
The same applies to many other online retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon’s own Bookish and Goodreads, which McManions and his brother run.
They say they also look to local publishers to get their books into stores, and McManoos’ books are a big part of their strategy.
McAnulty says they sell out of their local bookstore’s selection of kids’ and young adult books every year, so the only way to find a good one is to look around.
What to buy for kids with autism: The Canadian Autism Society (CAAS) lists many books that may be of interest to children with autism.
Its online books guide is a good place to start, but McAnulty recommends checking out books that can be used as a teaching tool for younger kids, as well as those for adults with autism or special needs.
Here are some books McAnicity recommends: The Autistic Mom: Learn about autism, support, and parenting from the Autistic Parent.
Autistic Parents Guidebook: Parents with autism can help their children better understand their condition.
Childhood Autism: A guide to the life of a child with autism, by Patricia J. McAnitta.
Crazy and Wonderful: This book is an invaluable resource for families dealing with challenges with their children with Asperger Syndrome.
For more tips on buying books, check out our section on book buying.
Read more about kids with disabilities in this section of the CBC News series “What is Autism?”.