Local Talent: Sweet on Children’s Books


You’re in the library, the book store or even staring at your own bookshelf, trying to find the right story for your child in a sea of options. They’re all cute with fancy covers. Or the classics from your own childhood that you hardly remember.

How do you choose? What will resonate with them?

This ain’t kids stuff.

What if you had a friend you could trust to show you what to pick?

“People were always asking me to recommend great books for their kids,” says Melissa Young of Larchmont, mother of three and a former literacy teacher.

“I always loved kids’ books and wanted to open a bookstore,” says Melissa Gaynor, also in Larchmont, mother of two with an MBA in marketing.

The two Melissas met at WJC, their children’s preschool. And soon, Sweet on Books was born. It’s the go-to place online for quick, intelligent children’s book recommendations. (Insert below) You’ll find their rankings of each book on their “laugh meter” (funny or serious), “fear factor” (will it give them goosebumps?), and “subject matter” (any concerns?)  The pair also blog weekly for abc.com and readingkingdom.com

Trust them. Your children will thank you.

Melissa Gaynor, left and Melissa Young

And I had to ask: Favorite kids’ book?

Melissa G.: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster.

Melissa Y: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.


One thought on “Local Talent: Sweet on Children’s Books

  1. …or, you can always ask your friendly and helpful Children’s librarians (or teen librarians) for a suggestion! Public libraries are a wonderful community resource, and don’t forget that encouraging children to go to the library and pick out their own books builds independence and love of reading.

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