August 2018: Our Favorite Things

An inside look at what we’re loving for parents this month.


What’s a Kånken?

Looking for a new backpack for those end of summer adventures or for the start of school? The Kånken Mini by Fjällräven is simple, stylish and functional. Its Swedish creator maintained the mantra “Straight backs are happy backs,” when it was created. Made out of durable, lightweight, water and dirt resistant Vinylon F, the Kånken Mini’s main compartment has a large opening, two side pockets, a zippered pocket in the front, handle at the top, narrow, supple shoulder straps and a logo that doubles as a reflector. $69.99


Written on a public typewriter

Mindful of our Parent Profile this month (see page 17) we give a shout out to the book Notes From A Public Typewriter, edited by Literati owner Michael Gustafson along with Oliver Uberti. This collection of confessional, hilarious, heartbreaking notes were written anonymously on the now famous public typewriter on the lower floor in the bookstore. Everyday, people of all ages type at the public typewriter. Children perch atop grandparents’ knees, both sets of hands hovering above the metal keys, others walk in alone and confess their hopes: I will find someone someday. $18.


Scratching the rainbow

Perfect for a summer trip, Melissa and Doug’s Scratch Art City Style. This cool, mess-free kit lets young artists show off their design flair by customizing each shirt, top, dress and accessory, then use the items to style outfits for these two busy city girls. Scratch into the stickers to add sparkling and multicolored accents to each one, then stick them onto the models–or your own drawings! The set includes: 35+ fashion stickers, 2 models in city scenes, wooden stylus and 2 picture stands. $4.99