Photo by Heather Middleton
By Joel Hall
At Olde Towne Morrow, just over the covered bridge and to the right, stands a quaint, country house with sky-blue doors. Through those doors is a small treasure trove of books, geared specifically toward younger readers.
The Page One bookstore, one of the newest shops at Olde Towne Morrow, will have its official grand opening this Saturday. While much smaller than most chain bookstores, the shelves of Page One are stocked with the latest titles in youth literature, ranging from books such as the "Skippyjon Jones" books by Judy Schachner, to the "Junie B. Jones" books by Barbara Park, to the "Fancy Nancy" series by Jane O'Connor, "The Vampire Diaries" by L.J. Smith, the Marvel and DC Comics encyclopedias, and instructional cookbooks for children.
Edna Trutt, a former Henry County kindergarten teacher and the store's owner, said she grew up with a strong love of books, passed down from her father, an avid reader. She said Page One represents a lifelong dream to open a bookstore dedicated to young readers.
"I just wanted to have a store where I could have all the books that I love and have them all here for the kids," Trutt said. "A lot of times, large book stores have a small sections for kids. I wanted this to be all about them. It's a little bit of everything, so everybody can find something they like."
The 394-square-foot store features sky-blue walls to match the building's exterior, sprinkled with memorable quotes from notable children's book authors, such as Dr. Seuss and Jane O'Connor. The store features a large couch for readers, as well as a reading chair and sitting area suitable for story-time events.
While the decor is suitable for young children, Trutt said she believes the atmosphere and book titles available will attract teens as well. The store features a teen section with books for older readers, such as the Brian Jacques "Redwall" series, the "Maximum Ride" books by James Patterson, and the "Percy Jackson & the Olympians" book series by Rick Riordan.
According to Trutt, much of the store's teen offerings are inspired by her son, Ian Trutt, a 16-year-old junior at Union Grove High School in McDonough. She said her son is also an avid reader.
"My son had huge input, because he had this list of books he said we have to carry," Trutt said. "I used to read with him when he was young. We would go to a bookstore or a library and read for hours. It's nice that he's a little older ... we can share books now."
Trutt said Page One plans to host a number of events in the near future to attract kids and families. The store's grand opening this Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., will feature balloons for children, as well as a visit around noon by "Belle" from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," she said.
On May 1, in celebration of the release of two new books in the "Fancy Nancy" series, the store will host a "Fancy Nancy Party," in which "Fancy Nancy" will read to young girls in their fanciest attire, according to Trutt. In June, she said, the store will host a "Poetry Night" for teenagers and in August, the store will host a "Back to School Fiesta for Skippyjon Jones" in celebration of the new Skippyjon Jones book scheduled to premiere that month.
Trutt said that while Page One is a new store in a new entertainment district, she believes the store will catch on as more people come to Olde Towne Morrow.
"I think if you can read, you can do anything," Trutt said. "They [children] can just go into their own little world and they can learn so much. I hope it will be a place where parents can come and enjoy reading a book to their child. I'm hoping it will appeal to all readers, young people and young adults. I think once people know that it's open and what it is, we are really going to get a lot of customers."
Page One is located at 1065 Olde Towne Morrow Road, Suite 100 in Morrow, near Southlake Mall. For more information, call (678) 422-6400 or visit www.page1bookstore.com.