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Toronto Store Puts Kids and Advance Reader Copies To Work

We visited a store in east Toronto on the weekend which has a unique concept for keeping kids excited about reading. This store receives a rather large number — “the basement is full of them” — of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) in kids’ chapter books and young adult fiction.

They connect these with kids who write a short review on a 3 x 5 card, as shown above. The reviews are displayed with retail copies, meanwhile the kids get to keep the ARCs. The thing that struck me was the reviews were articulate. Even the few written by kids who were quite young — some of them could barely print — filled the card with information about the story and why they enjoyed it.

It’s a great use of the ARCs, a great way to get the kids involved in the store, and a great testimony to the fact that at least some kids are still excited about books.

And it costs the store nothing.

A gargoyle-like collection of readers adorns the front entrance to Queen Books, a busy, mainstream market bookstore in east Toronto on the north side of Queen Street East between Logan and Carlaw.

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