Independent Bookstore Day With Kids

It's Independent Bookstore Day! To help you celebrate I've compiled a short list of some bookstores that are particularly fun for kids.

What are some of your favorites and where have you found the best storytimes, resources or activities for students and kids? Many of the stores on my list provide online shopping, so if you find yourself at home this weekend check out their most recent book suggestions for your littles!

Bank Street Books

If you are a parent, teacher, speech therapist, curriculum director, or a reading specialist, you will want to give this shop a look. As a teacher I would often go straight to this shop if I were preparing an important lesson and without fail, I would walk away with a great one. If you are looking for comprehensive information on new books, check out their yearly report The Best Children’s Books of the Year, which is thoughtfully written by a selected committee who reviews 6,000 books a year and selects 600 considering the quality and emotional impact on a child.

Books of Wonder

You’ll feel as if you are stepping straight into a picture book when you visit this store. If you are looking for some cozy, quality time with your child this is the place to go. With the busy streets of Manhattan outside its windows, the shop provides a quaint and charming feel that helps parents, caregivers and children slow down to enjoy the beauty of a book. If you are lucky enough to visit NYC with kids, this bookstore should be at the top of your list of activities. You can also shop their wide selection and rare and unique books online.


If your child is at all interested in writing or you want them to be, then you can’t go wrong by visiting or buying online from BookCourt. It has a mom-and-pop feel and is located in Cobble Hill, which is home to many authors and writers. The local artists visit often and provide book talks and discussions. Any given Saturday, you will find Brooklyn parents snuggling with their kids and a good book before heading to the park. Check out their Middle Reader Book Club, which enhances the classic storytime for ages 8 – 12. Kids can read a book with friends and discuss concepts like plot and character development in a 'grown-up' book club atmosphere.

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Book People

Their name says it all as everything this bookstore does seems to bring people together. Book talks, book clubs, and literary camps are just a few activities that Book People offers for kids. They are very well connected in the community and across Texas so if you are looking for an event that suits your child’s unique interests – I’m sure they can help.

Blue Willow Bookshop

Blue Willow’s storytimes include songs and crafts making them fun for everyone! The store has games and lots of resources for kids. Plus, they often bring in big name authors for adults and kids. Check out their thoughtfully designed Saturday club for middle school girls, Another Shade of Blue.

Petunia’s Place

Petunia’s Place is entirely dedicated to children’s and young adult books! Each person on staff either holds a degree in education or was an educator before joining the team. The entire store is a children’s store so all of the events include children’s book authors making it easy to attend since they have so many on their calendar.

The Children’s Hour

The Children’s Hour is perfect for the busy parent because we all love combining errands. This bookstore has clothes, games, and the sweetest gifts along with lots of children’s books. Perfect for a Saturday morning storytime while parents run around picking up birthday gifts for the afternoon party (or a dress for themselves).

Where are you shopping on Independent Bookstore Day?