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CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG VISITS BOOK BEAT

Remember Book Beat––the store stuffed with books and more books!
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Come on in. Books Books Books!

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Chris Van Allsburg arrives at Book Beat. Welcome Mr. Van Allsburg.

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Chris Van Allsburg, a Michigan native writes and illustrates children’s books. He has won two Caldecott Medals. Adults and children love his books. Some of the best known are Two Bad Ants, The Polar Express, and Jumanji. Here’s a quote from his website: “The idea of the extraordinary happening in the context of the ordinary is what fascinates me.”

The author patiently signs books.

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The crowd patiently waits to have books signed.

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Owners and staff are always ready to help book searchers.

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Remember Two Bad Ants.
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His newest book is Sweetie Pie.
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Here’s one of my favorites: Just A Dream.
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I had to buy a copy of The Polar Express.
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I’m glad he visited. Filled with joy to be back at Book Beat and meeting Mr. Van Allsburg again.

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BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! EVERYWHERE!

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Let the reading begin.

Book Beat: An Independent Bookstore Specializing in Art, Photography and Children’s Books located at 2610 Greenfield Road. Oak Park, MI

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A passion for books lives in this bookstore. The proprietors, the staff, the shoppers, and visitors who browse here are all in love with books. They are book zealots! We readers often speak of “So many books. So little time.”; here we have “So many books. So little space.” The reader who visits and browses here feels the overwhelming abundance of books.

So come on along for a picture tour.

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Owner Colleen Kammer took me here and there around the book-jammed shop, telling me at length about this book and that one. I scrutinized books and scouted new areas. I wanted to stay all afternoon and longer. Every which way I turned were books and more books. There are art books, yes. And children’s books galore. But history, science and fiction and more also fill the shelves.

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This bookstore hosts a fabulous website with a newsletter and all kinds of good stuff! Here’s the link: www.thebookbeat.com

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Book Beat is the 2012 winner of the Pannell Award, which recognizes booksellers who applaud and promote children’s and young people’s interest in books. I was especially interested during this visit in finding books I hoped would interest my middle school age grandson. He is a serious reader and one who pays attention to what he reads. I appreciated how Colleen helped me explore this genre.

Yes. I bought some books. More about them in an upcoming post.

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Read Think Create is the motto at Book Beat. This sign hangs in the window and this energy fills every nook and cranny, every stack and shelf inside.

I urge those readers who live in the Michigan area to visit this heaven found among the aisles of books at Book Beat! Mail order is available on the website.

Books for kids occupy center stage here,

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but books for all ages invite you to read, read, read. And to enjoy the bountiful beauty of books.

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Book Beat, easy to find on the front corner of the shopping strip at Greenfield and Lincoln. Don’t miss it!

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