Downtown Bookworks is proof that books can be just as exciting for kids as onscreen entertainments. Founder Julie Merberg, a publishing industry veteran and local mom of four, wanted to start a publishing company that focused on educating a new generation of literature lovers. With her sons as inspiration, Merberg publishes (and often authors) kid-friendly titles like The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook (a nod to her husband’s love of comics) and My Favorite Shoes, which serve to educate as well as entertain young readers—not to mention that they’ve garnered awards from sites like toyportfolio.com. Psst—unique new titles such as these are sure to make great gifts (available at local book stores and online through sites like amazon.com and indiebound.org)! downtownbookworks.com
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