Our story began 30 years ago...
Stocking shelves amidst a busy crowd is where the reader finds our heroine, Kim Childress. She's in her early 20's, short stature, and wild hair that cascades over her eyes. Humming to herself as she reads the forwards of the books on her cart, occasionally glancing through the bookshelves at Kids' Ink Children's Bookstore... Her dream job of 7 years. Until one fateful morning, sometime in 1992 to be exact, a visiting editor from Dutton and Kim had a short conversation, and Kim heard, "You're meant to be in books, kid."
Let's just say the rest was history.
We Believe in Community Giveback
We work closely with publishers to obtain the best discounts possible. Offering bulk and wholesale purchasing.
Our Team Isn't Just Book Lovers,
We're Industry Experts
Before we were a bookstore, our team spent decades in publishing, marketing, and distribution. Books should be celebrated, that's why we offer an indie boutique. As a member of the American Booksellers Association, we're an official indie bookstore, designed to make you feel celebrated, with wholesale prices that don't hurt your wallet. Featuring a wide variety of kids' books, including titles produced by team Childress Ink and clients.
Founded by award-winning editor and author Kim Childress, after working over thirty years in publishing, from bookseller, to long-time Girls' Life Magazine book reviewer, to middle-grade editor at a top-five publishing house, Kim has written and edited 100s of articles, short stories and books for children and adults. An extreme word nerd and book lover, she continues to seek out and share books of excellence to as many people and places possible, with a mission to provide resources for parents, educators, schools and communities, get more kids books into the hands of children, and instill the love of reading in future generations.
Ink-a-Dink Children's Bookstore is an official Indie bookstore and member of the American Booksellers Association (ABA), the Children's Book Institute, and the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators (SCBWI), helping further the mission of book sharing and community give-back, local and world-wide.
Together with Girls’ Life Magazine, Childress Ink, and Publishers of Excellence, 10,000s of books have been donated to agencies near and far, most recently, Hindi’s Libraries, plus local schools, shelters, libraries and more.
Ink-a-Dink is an affiliate of Childress Ink. ChildressInk.com began as a book review site, then became an author/editor/writing site, and now is a publishing resource site and product developement company.
We are continuously looking to provide children’s books, if you know a place, please email Robert@Ink-a-Dink.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
It's okay, we love questions
How did you come up with your name?
Based on an old nursery rhyme...
Ink-a-dink, bottle of ink,
The cap fell out
And you stink.
No because you're dirty,
Not because you're clean,
Just because you kissed a boy behind a magazine.
The cap fell out,
An idea, like a seed,
Buds and blooms and grows,
And blossoms into something new.
The possibilities? Unknown.
Want something you don't see?
During soft launch, shoot an email via CONTACT, from there coupon codes will be available to apply to special orders.
How can we afford 30% off publisher costs?
Because we also help make books over at Childress Ink LLC, work with publishers to offer discounts for budgeting consumers and nonprofits.
What if I'm not sure what I want?
Super easy! Shoot over an email or contact us on social media and one of our experts can help determine your perfect book.
Features and Favorites
We seek to share children's books of excellence, for all ages of children from birth through young adult, with specialty adult interest fun titles. We get books. Lots and lots of books. To share with readers. How many? Well, can you ever have too many? Because if you run yyout of room in your office like we have, you can them use them for amazing book forts and book dominoes!
In addition to our regularly stocked titles, new selections will be offered quarterly by review and roundup, by our founder, Kim and team, with monthly give-aways and favorites on sale. You could say, it's our version of a book club.
Does Kim know she looks like Ms. Frizzle?
Yes, we actually have a photo of her dressed up as the Fritz.
Pretty much take our favorite parts of our childhood, The Reading Rainbow, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and The Magic School Bus, and you get Kim.
Media mail and expedited rates available.
Enjoy free goodies with every purchase!
Compliments of ChildressInk.com, Girls' Life magazine and publishers of excellence.
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