Hello from California! I'm in the middle of a 9 day vacation, the first half of which I spent in San Diego. While there I ventured into Bay Books, on Coronado Island's lovely Orange Street. About half a block away from the famous Hotel del Coronado, this small dark bookshop specializes in military history, foreign language books, and, of course, Children's books. It is a cool and quiet respite from the heat and the (yes, beautiful) bright sun.
It's Children's section took over the back wall--with several short tables for kids to sit at and read. They had a whole wall dedicated to new picture books: hardcover new releases on top, paperback older releases on bottom. And they had many titles I had not yet seen (which I will have to review when October begins and I start doing new releases again). These included:
+ A Giraffe Goes to Paris by Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris
+ Mr. Elephanter by Lark Pien
+ Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper (but they didn't have Farm, sadly.)
+ Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown.
+ Lulu and the Brontosaurus, by Judith Viorst and illustrated brilliantly by Lane Smith
And speaking of Lane Smith: I finally purchased It's A Book from Bay Books in Coronado. And I am very glad.
P.S. Coronado Island is where L. Frank Baum wrote the Wizard of Oz series--he spent every winter on the island.