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Avid Reader to open children’s bookshop

Brisbane’s Avid Reader Bookshop has announced plans to open a dedicated children’s bookshop next to its West End store.

The new store, to be called Where the Wild Things Are Books & Gifts, ‘will be a creative and engaging space full of great books and gifts for young people, their families, teachers and carers’, owner Fiona Stager said in a statement.

Stager said the increase of children and young adults in the area prompted the decision to open the store. ‘The West End State School is now at capacity and Brisbane State High School continues to grapple with the increasing catchment population. In response to this change, and despite the nay-sayers, we have decided to open a new bookshop where the clear focus is children, teenagers, their parents and teachers.’

‘Australian independent booksellers have been world leaders in responding to the changes in the book industry and many booksellers I know continue to develop innovative programs that are relevant to their communities,’ Stager added.

The new store is currently undergoing a fitout and Stager said she hopes it will be open prior to Christmas, ‘but when undertaking any renovation things can sometimes take longer than my best made plans’.



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