You Are Never Too Big for The Little Book House

by Sandra Foyt on November 7, 2010

in Arts and Culture

little_book_houseHoping to light a fire in my son’s heart, I took him To Kill a Saturday at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza, the all day marathon reading of To Kill a Mockingbird. This month, he’s reading the classic novel with his book club, but not with any enthusiasm.  I was hoping that he would have a change of heart upon seeing how excited some people are about this story.

Sadly, my plan failed miserably. When he noticed that the reader was already at the middle of the book and that there were no kids present, my son decided that this event was not for him. I would have liked to finish hearing WNYT’s Elaine Houston and perhaps meet some of the All Over Albany gang, but I was overruled.


As soon as I let him, he was back in our favorite part of the establishment, The Little Book House next door.


I have many fond memories of this book shop. This is where I first discovered the Harry Potter series on a distant date night before said son was born. Long before the series became a phenomenon, one of the staff gave Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone a glowing review that intrigued me so much that I took it home, and spent the rest of that date night polishing off the story.

Many a time, during that second pregnancy and far beyond, I would rest on the upholstered bench at Pooh corner to watch over my children as they sat with a stack of picture books in the little playhouse. Until today, my kids have always made a beeline for the popular hideaway.little_book_house4

Today, on the same week that he packed up the stuffed animals on his bed, and exiled them to the closet; my son told me that he is too big to fit into the playhouse. I guess he’s right, but I couldn’t help a nostalgic look at a little girl who really didn’t want to leave the little house at all.


No, my son didn’t go back into the little house, but The Little Book House itself was a different matter. He just had to pick up the newest Rick Riordan thriller, and I wanted to finally pick up the conclusion to The Hunger Games trilogy. And while we were there, it couldn’t hurt to check out the latest staff recommendations, or to pick up a holiday gift or two for a friend who collects picture books.

Did I mention that I collect children’s books?

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The Little Book House
Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave.
Albany, NY 12203

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Beth @ TheAngelForever November 7, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Hello my name is Beth and I also collect children’s books (greeting at our support group).

I use my kids as the reason I buy from Scholastic and other places, but it is really my love of Kiddie Literature. I could spend hours just looking at books at The Little Book House. Sorry to hear that the event was not what you expected. Still glad that it brought back memories of great times in the local store.
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Sandra Foyt November 7, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Chuckle. I was going to suggest that we should compare our collections, but I fear that would end up being costly!

Beth @ TheAngelForever November 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I have so many in boxes from when I was teaching. May I add that I just ordered two new Chanukah books and a New Years one from Scholastic on Friday. I am just a sucker for books.
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