Thanks to the NEA’s Read Across America program, children's literacy was a big focus this week. The celebration, which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday earlier this week, continues through Saturday at a number of locations around the country, from the Fayette Mall in Lexington, Ky., to the Mall at Robinson in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Openings & Closings
A Children’s Place Bookstore Opens in New Location: Portland’s oldest independent children’s bookstore opened in a new, slightly smaller space late last week.

Babbit’s Books to Close after 25 Years: The Normal, Ill., bookstore will close its doors by June.

Other News
New Name for New Bo: When the Cedar Rapids bookstore reopens today under new owner Deb Witte, it will also have a new name, Next Page Bookstore.

St. Paul’s SubText Moves Downtown: In mid-June, SubText will become the first full-service downtown independent in more than a decade. The bookstore plans to vacate its current location during the third week in May.

New Owners At Michigan’s Bookman: Last Sunday new owners Sharon and Dick Tanis, Diane Steggerda, and Alexa McGuinness took the helm at the 41-year-old Grand Haven bookstore.

New Owners for Bennington Bookshop: Vermont’s oldest bookstore changed hands on Monday. New owners Linda Foulsham and Phil Lewis relocated from North Carolina.

Shakespeare & Company Launches New Website: The renowned Paris bookshop revamped its website and ships books worldwide. Customers can have their books stamped with the store’s hallmark or a kitty print and/or get a memento left at the store for free.

Prairie Path Books Among the Top 100 Small Businesses: The nine-month-old Wheaton, Ill., bookstore was one of 100 finalists in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Dream Big Small Business Awards.

20th Anniversary Week at Booklovers’ Gourmet: The Webster, Mass., bookstore, coffee shop, gift store is celebrating its first two decades all week with discounts and a chance to win a $20 gift card each day.