victorian family readingAs Carmichael’s neared the end of it’s 37th year as Louisville’s independent bookstore, the tick of our biological clock must have been deafening because we decided…to open a children’s store!  Not fifty paces across Longest Avenue sits Carmichael’s Kids, a storefront we opened in August at 1313 Bardstown Road.

It's a project we've been anxious to takcle for several years now, but with no room to expand our existing children's section we had to wait for the right opportunity to come anong--and when a space opened up that we could see from the windows of our Bardstown Road store, we acted quickly. We needed more space for books, more space for all the great eduactional toys and activity kits and, well, just the wide varitey of cool stuff that is out there for kids. And we needed room to spread out, not just our space for books, but for the kids themselves to spread out (there's nothing sweeter than finding a kid nestled in a beanbag chair in our window book nook, reading).

All props for the launch of Carmichael's Kids goes to the awesomeness of Kelly Estep, our Bardstown Road manager, who oversaw all the outfitting and stocking of the store.

There were selfish reasons as well. To make children into readersmeant we would grow aduilt readers. The battle against calling a 140-character text "reading" is ongoing and will grow. But we know that people who read books are morelikely to lead our society in the future, to be more humane and thoughtful and wise. It is something we believe in passionately and hope Carmichael's Kids will help promote.


Each year Michael Boggs, co-owner of Carmichael's Bookstore, takes weeks to compose our Holiday Cataolg for our loyal customers. Those on our mailing list received it last week, those not on the mailing list pick it up in the stores, and if you want to receive it in the future, please sign up for our mailing list at any of our three locations. We hope that these pages will help you find just the right book for that special person on your list. To see the document in full color, simply open the attached PDF titled catalog 2014 and enjoy.

As always, thank you to our dear customers for keeping our lights on, our doors open, and our hearts happy.

Best wishes,

The Staff


By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

Designed to mimic the experiece of visiting a natural history museum, this elegant, eye-catching volume (first in a planned series) explores the animal kingdom through gorgeously detailed pen-and-ink drawings that resemble vintage illustration. Each "gallery" is devoted to a different class of animal: invertebrates, fish, amphibiabs, rptiles, birds, and mammals.

ISBN: 9780544101579
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 8th, 2014

Unruly Places is a collection of short pieces on unusual geographical oddities. It covers Sealandia, a country on an abandoned oil rig off the English coast, or Anagram, the world's largest dead city. We visit an empty city in North Korea complete with skyscrapers that were built to showcase ideological success. In the 47 Unruly Places, Bonnett leasd us to, we find our planet is much less tamed and tidy than we think.

ISBN: 9780062270306
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Published: William Morrow & Company - October 21st, 2014

This handsomely designed and illustrated book came about when Chez Panisse chef Peternell, preparing to send his son off to college, realized that in all the years his father ahd cooked for the family, the son remained clueless in the kitchen. So Peternell sat down and wrote what he called "The Big Tweleve," tweleve basic recipes for everything from eggs to pasta to beans to cake, that could be modified, customized or otherwise adapted to create hundreds of dishes.