I had my first visit to Powell's Books when we were in Portland OR for PLA. I have visited many many bookstores in my lifetime but this experience was absolutely incredible and even a bit overwhelming. We went twice -- first for a personal tour given by our friend Laura's cousin Sarah who works in the childrens' area at Powell's (can you imagine?) and then we spent hours on a rainy Sunday going from floor to floor, me with my multipage booklist searching for secondhand copies of mostly fiction. I got some good reads and found some astonishing "collectibles." I know I can shop Powell's online but nothing beats the experience of being there!
Just one wall of picture books
Middle grade novels