As the Oldest Children's Only Bookstore in the Tri-State, Booktenders' Secret Garden Children's Bookstore & Gallery began in Jan , 1983. The owner. Ellen Mager. is a former teacher, earned National & Regional Awards as "Hand Selling", and serves as a resource for local and regional programs. Her best compliment is being known for the ability to pick the perfect book for that special present. As an independent, full-service children’s bookstore, we feature a comprehensive inventory from infant to age 13, wonderful events including visits from nationally known authors & Illustrators and a gallery showcasing original artwork from Children's Illustrators.