52 Main Street & The Concourse
Waterville, Maine 04901
207.872.4543 • info@childrensbookcellar.com


Children's Book Cellar — for children of all ages!

When it opened in 1987, Children's Book Cellar was a small, locally owned, book and toy store on the Concourse in Waterville. From then until now, the store has stocked a large, carefully chosen selection of books for children (from infancy to college) and complimentary toys, puzzles, and games. At its current location, still in the heart of downtown, Children's Book Cellar now has convenient entrances on both Main Street and the Concourse and still offers the best in children's literature, toys, and games. But, since the closing of the Mr. Paperback chain in 2012, the name Children's Book Cellar has become a bit of a misnomer. With the addition of books for adults, Children's Book Cellar is evolving into a store for both children and adults.

In 1978, I accepted a job at Mr. Paperback in Skowhegan, my hometown, and knew that I'd found my happy place! As owner of Children's Book Cellar since 2002, and having been a bookseller for over thirty five years, I truly love my job. What could be more fun than matching great books with readers? I personally select each title that I stock and read as many of them as possible. I want customers to be able to rely on me to help them choose the best books for their children and for themselves. I love the challenge of turning a reluctant young reader into a voracious one. The recent addition of a section of books for adults means that Children's Book Cellar now has something for everyone. The adult section features current fiction and non-fiction well reviewed in the press, chosen from the Indie Next lists, or written by regional authors. And, if you don't find the book you want in stock, special orders are encouraged. They often arrive in days and, in most cases, there is no shipping charge. Finally, rounding out the offerings at CBC is a selection of toys, puzzles, and games. Again, they are carefully chosen from companies such as: Melissa and Doug, Gund, Find-It, Set and others.

Like teachers, I work on professional development constantly. I am a member of the American Booksellers Association and the New England Independent Booksellers Association and take advantage of most of their educational and networking opportunities. In fact, if you come in and find that I'm away from the store for a few days, it usually means I am somewhere at a conference with other booksellers (and, often, publishers and authors). In October 2011, Jan Hall (from Partners Village Store in Westport, MA) and I assumed co-chairmanship of the NE Children's Bookseller's Advisory Council (a two year term), a subgroup of the NE Independent Booksellers' Association. As co-chairs of NECBA we are also on the Advisory Council of NEIBA.