Hodge-Podge Book StoreHODGE-PODGE BOOKS Inc has ceased operations in all venues. Closing the physical store was traumatic so I opted to try on-line sales. This operational manner, successful to a point, has been a pleasant diversion.

But, the idea of retirement has entered into the equation finally. So, I am about to begin a new career path free of stress and worry. I am store free, but still available to talk about books on-line, by USPS (snail mail) or personally by phone (518-434-0238).

I began my children’s book career in a graduate course at Cornell University in the fall of 1962. So, I am not too ashamed to end it in the summer of 2010! That’s pretty close to 50 years. And during these 50 years I have enjoyed meeting thousands of people in this country and abroad. I enjoy friendships with hundreds of people associated with the industry. Among that number are authors, illustrators, critics, editors, sales reps and educators.

Indeed my life has been blessed through my associations with literature for young readers.

However most of all I must thank the legions of teachers, parents and students who have made their way to my shop and to my many other activities arranged to promote a love for reading. It was a wonderful journey over the years and I promise I will never stop reading.

I am as close as a phone call or a postage stamp.