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A Tale of Two Melissas



Melissa G. and Melissa Y.

This story begins with two Melissas. They lived miles away from each other and had never met. They had different childhoods and backgrounds, but they had something very big in common. That ‘thing’ is a love of reading.

From the time each of them could hold a book, they wanted to read it, carry it everywhere, save it and display it. They both read while they ate, in the car, on the way to school. They both even had dreams of working in a children’s bookstore.

Time passed...college happened...Melissa G. went on to work in advertising, then returned to school to get her M.B.A and later began a career in marketing. Melissa Y. went to work briefly in publishing and then found a career she loved, teaching grades K–5 with an emphasis on literacy.

So many changes, but books remained the constant for both of them. They each still dreamt of working in a bookstore, although by then they really wanted to own the place! The Melissas welcomed five children between their two families, and their lives were forever changed.

The tale could have easily ended there, without their paths ever crossing. But, by some twist of fate, they ended up in the same small town outside New York City, where their children and their love of reading brought them together. And then a funny thing happened. They watched their children develop their own love of reading and the two Melissas found that not only did they love books, but they also enjoyed sharing them with their kids, their families and their friends.

One more ‘thing’ changed for them and this one was influenced by the way the world had evolved around them. That dream of a bookstore turned into a vision of a virtual book community…a place where it would be possible to easily navigate the myriad of children’s books out there to find the ‘just right’ book…a place to help adults match young readers with books at just the right reading level and interest. And that is why they created

In addition to developing this website and reading – a lot – they are active in their local library and community.

THE END (well, actually, it’s just the beginning!)



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