To share our passion and knowledge of books and build community through great reads, good company, and engaging conversations for all ages.
Our history dates back to 1875 when our great-great grandfather opened W. W. Wickel Pharmacy in Naperville, IL. Naperville was a small farming town at that time, and our great-great grandfather and his son-in-law Louis Oswald sold books along with all of the other items in the store. In 1964 our grandfather opened our first official bookstore above the drugstore, calling it Paperback Paradise. Since then we have expanded and moved several times, opening our Downers Grove store in 1980 and a children’s wholesale warehouse bookfair company, Anderson’s Bookfair Company (ABCFairs), in 1982, now located in Aurora. In 2015 we opened our La Grange store and in 2016 Anderson’s Toyshop in Naperville.
The 5th generation that own and run the businesses today all started to work at a very young age at our family’s drugstore. Working alongside with your grandfather, parents, brothers, sister, and children is a family tradition that creates community within your family, and reaches your employees, your customers, and beyond. We are proud to have the sixth generation now working in the businesses. For 143 years we have lived and breathed this community; we are here to stay, thrive, and help make it a great place for all with whom we come in contact.
Awards & Recognition for Anderson's Bookshops
2001 Retail Business of the Year - Naperville Chamber of Commerce
2002 Illinois Family Business of the Year Loyola University Family Business Center
2002 Exemplary Partnership Award - Illinois State Board of Education
2002 Business and Education District 204
2002 Lucille Pannell Award - Best Children’s Bookseller (General store) for the best bookseller of children’s books in the nation
2002 Charles S. Haslam Award for Excellence in Bookselling - Becky Anderson Wilkins
2003 Business and Education Award Naperville Dist. 203
2005 Outstanding Alumni Award Naperville Central H.S. - Becky Anderson Wilkins
2006 New York State Reading Association Excellence Award
2006 Illinois State Board of Education’s Award of Excellence for community volunteerism - Becky Anderson Wilkins
2007 James Patterson Page Turner Award: buyer Mary Yockey
2007 Chicago Tribune Chicago’s 10 Best Bookstores
2007 Naperville Family History Recognition - Naper-Days Naperville Heritage Society
2008 The Education Center Community Partner Award - Becky Anderson Wilkins
2008 Building a Passion for Reading Award- Naperville School Dist. 203 - Becky Anderson Wilkins
2009 Voice of the Heartland Award from the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association: recognizing "a person or company in the book industry for a lifetime contribution to regional books," to Becky Anderson Wilkins, Anderson's Bookshops, Naperville and Downers Grove.
2010 Retail Business of the Year - Naperville Chamber of Commerce
2010 Small Business of the Year - Naperville Chamber of Commerce
2011 Publisher's Weekly Bookstore of the Year
2015 Lucille Pannell Award - Best Children’s Bookseller (General store) for the best bookseller of children’s books in the nation