Boutique bookseller, putting the YA in YAY!
Sydney’s newest independent bookshop for young adults and children is locatedse to the sands of Avalon Beach. Also offering a clever edit of popular new releases for all readers - teens, kids, babies and adults alike. Showcasing homegrown talent, promoting rising stars in Oz YA, stocking international favourites.
My Mum worked at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft when I was a tween - it was my favourite place in the world, and I hung around like a bad smell all the time pretending to help. I lived to interrogate visiting authors, and when I look at my bookshelves now I'm amazed that I got to meet so many Aussie YA authors of the time - including Ruth Park, Eleanor Spence, Simon French, and Lilith Norman.
It made sense having grown up on a steady diet of young adult novels, and being a parent to voracious YA readers to reate a bookshop targetted at teens and readers of YA. The ability these novels have to educate, build empathy, entertain and spark a debate is truly amazing. And then throw in the narrative style most authors use to quickly engage their readers, especially busy teens, its perfect for adult readers who similarly have less time but want a substantial read.
Australia is a hot house for YA authors, and connecting readers to their talented writing is my mission. And in the way the Children's Bookshop inspired me all those decades ago...I hope Beachside Bookshop will inspire the next generation of readers, booksellers, authors, illustrators, literary agents, publishers and book reps.
Full time specialist service
Readers grow up quickly, tastes change, and lots of fantastic new releases come to join the classics and favourites. As a specialist bookshop we are able to offer full time advice, which includes being able to make recommendations for reading age, and content.
Danica Beaudoin, who previously worked at Pages & Pages as a specialist children and YA bookseller (and mum to Henry) is here on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings. Thanks to Henry, Danica knows exactly what babies and toddlers are into. And as a voracious reader of YA, Danica has got a terrific knowledge of popular titles, plus she's excellent at matching young readers to new authors and genres.
Ian Hallett, with whom I job-shared at Moscraft, and then went on to work for the Pages (Pages & Pages) works on Fridays which is as exciting for us as it is our customers. Ian is one of the most experienced specialist booksellers in Sydney, has a lovely manner, is incredibly knowledgeable and just generally makes you feel as if you are in safe hands (which you are!)
Sarah Blundell is a familiar face to many book buyers on the Northern Beaches, until recently she was working at Berkelouws in Mona Vale, now she's working here on Fridays! Sarah and I met during the production of the Kids Reading Guide, and she's another passionate #loveozya reader, plus loves reading all manner of adult fiction.