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Ask Amy: This year, put ‘A Book on Every Bed’

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Books were both a necessity and a luxury in my childhood.

My mother wanted us to read constantly but didn't have the money to buy us 'piles of books'.

To have a brand-new book to open at night – it's crisp unbroken binding, the scent of its pages, the soft rush of air and excitement that comes with turning them – this is my dream for every child.

A pile of books begins with one. And like a child, it grows.”

Jacqueline Woodson

To support independent bookstores, which have had to pivot during the pandemic (like all of us), I’m presenting some recently published books in various categories, selected by some of my favorite booksellers.


From Jill Yoemans, owner of White Whale Bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pa. — three recommendations for Early Readers:

“Mia Mayhem is a Superhero!,” by Kara West and Leeza Hernandez.

“I’m On It! (Elephant and Piggie Like Reading!),” by Andrea Tsurumi and Mo Willems.

“Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea” (a Narwhal and Jelly Book), by Ben Clanton.


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