Booked, a bookstore catering to Evanston’s younger set with a special child-size entry door, opened Friday at 506 Main St.
“I’ve always been a passionate reader,” says owner Chelsea Elward, “so I want to share my love of books so that children can grow up loving books as much as I do.”
Elward says she enjoys reading books that include race, culture and sexual identity as subject matter so the store’s bookshelves are diverse. Booked also offers new fiction and non-fiction as well as some classics.
“If children read about different people, places and experiences,” Elward says, “they will become more compassionate and more accepting of people who aren’t quite like them.”
Inside view of the child-size door, painted by local artist Diana Sudyka.
The shop’s “door within a door” entry was inspired by a similar door in the Wild Rumpus bookstore in Minneapolis. “I wanted something similar so that children know the store was designed with them in mind.”
Booked will host events and reading clubs, including monthly middle school, young adult, new mother and parent book clubs as well as weekly themed story times.
The shop will make donations to specific schools based on sales at book fairs and will maintain a District 65 Teacher Wish List of books teachers would like to have in their classrooms.
For hours and other information, check out Booked online.