children's bookshops

Independent Children's Bookstores (and bookstores that champion children's books)

It’s Independent Bookshop Week and I thought I’d take the opportunity to do a big shoutout to independent children’s bookstores and other independent bookstores that champion children’s books. Thank you to everyone on Twitter who told me about their favourite spots! You are amazing.

I’m in the middle of various deadlines, summer term mayhem, and a countdown to an India trip but I’ll put this in a more sensible order at some point and hope to add some details over time. I’d love to SOMEHOW visit all of these over the next couple of years. I hope you’ll keep them in mind on your travels too and pop in when you can. Independent bookstores do some fantastic work in connecting books to readers and they’re a lifeline for underrepresented writers and illustrators whose books aren’t always very visible. But bookselling is a tough business and these bookstores need our support. So show them some love, will you?

THE ALLIGATOR’S MOUTH, Richmond (@alligatorsmouth)

2a Church Court, Richmond, TW9 1JL

PICKLED PEPPER BOOKS, Crouch End, London (@pickledbooks)

10 Middle Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 8PL

THE CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, Muswell Hill, London (@childrensbkshop)

29 Fortis Green Rd, London, N10 3HP

STOKE NEWINGTON BOOKSHOP, Stoke Newington (@StokeyBookshop)

159 Stoke Newington High Street, London, N16 0NY

WEST END LANE BOOKS, West Hampstead, London (@WELBooks)

277 West End Lane, London, NW6 1QS

THE BARNES BOOKSHOP, Barnes, London, (@BookshopBarnes)

60 Church Road, SW13 0DQ

MOON LANE BOOKS, London (@moonlaneink)

300 Stanstead Road, London SE23 1DE

SMALL PRINT BOOKS, Forest Hill, London (@Smallprintbks)

37 Davids Road, London, SE23 3EP

TALES ON MOON LANE, London (@talesonmoonlane)

25 Half Moon Lane, Herne Hill, London, SE24 9JU

ROUND TABLE BOOKS, Brixton, London (@BooksRound)

Brixton Village, 97 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS

CLAPHAM BOOKS, Clapham, London (@claphambooks)

26 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0JA

NOMAD BOOKS, Fulham, London (@nomadbooks)

781 Fulham Road, London, SW6 5HA

SOUTH KENSINGTON BOOKS, South Kensington, London (@SouthKenBooks)

22 Thurloe St, London SW7 2LT

OTTIE AND THE BEA, London (@ottieandthebea)

12 Old Dover Road, Blackheath Royal Standard, SE3 7BT

KIRKDALE BOOKSHOP, Sydenham, London (@KirkdaleBooks)

272 Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 4RS

SWAN BOOKS, Upminster (@SwanBooks)

27 Corbets They Road, Upminster, RM14 2AR

REGENCY BOOKSHOP, Surbiton (@RegencyBookshop)

45 Victoria Road, Surbiton, KT6 4JL

CHENER BOOKS, East Dulwich (@chenerbooks)

14-16 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8HN

BrOOK’s PINNER, Pinner (@BrOOKSPinner)

44-46 Bridge St, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 3JF

GERRARDS CROSS BOOKS, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire (@gxbooks)

12a Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7QE

THE BELL BOOKSHOP, Henley (@TheBellBookshop)

52 Bell Street, Henley-On-Thames, RG9 2BL

MOSTLY BOOKS, Abingdon (@MostlyReading)

36 Stert Street, Abingdon-on-Thames, OX14 3JP

THE BOOK HOUSE, Thame (@the_book_house)

93 High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3HJ

THE STORY MUSEUM, Oxford (@TheStoryMuseum)

Rochester House, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP

THE WOODSTOCK BOOKSHOP, Woodstock (@WoodstockBooks)

23 Oxford Street, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1TH

JAFFE & NEALE, Chipping Norton (@Jaffeandneale)

1 Middle Row, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5NH

BOOKS & INK BOOKSHOP, Banbury (@booksinkbook)

4 White Lion Walk, Banbury, OX16 5UD

HEFFERS, Cambridge (@childrenheffers)

20 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TY

THE COBHAM BOOKSHOP, Surrey (@CobhamBookshop)

12A Anyards Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 2JZ

TOP HAT & TALES, Faversham (@FavHatshop)

110 West Street, Faversham, Kent ME13 7JB

A BUNDLE OF BOOKS, Herne Bay, Kent (@ABundleofBooks)

6 Bank St, Herne Bay CT6 5EY

CHICKEN AND FROG, Brentwood, Essex (@chickenandfrog)

7 Security House, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9AT

HARTS BOOKS, Saffron Walden, Essex (@hartsbooks)

26 Kings Street, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1ES

WOODBRIDGE EMPORIUM, Woodbridge (@WoodbridgeEmpor)

66 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AL

ALDEBURGH BOOKSHOP, Aldeburgh, Suffolk (@AldeBooks)

42 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5AB

THE BOOK NOOK, Brighton (@booknookhove)

1st Avenue, Hove, BN3 2FL

BAGS OF BOOKS, Lewes (@BagsofBooks)

1 South St, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2BT

STEYNING BOOKSHOP, Steyning, West Sussex (@steyningbooks)

106 High Street, Steyning, West Sussex, BN44 3RD

OCTOBER BOOKS, Southampton (@OctoberBooks)

189 Portswood Rd, Southampton SO17 2NF

P&G WELLS, Winchester (@PGWells)

11 College Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23, 9LZ

MR B’s EMPORIUM, Bath (@mrbsemporium)

14-15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL

THE OLDFIELD PARK BOOKSHOP, Bath (@OldfieldBooks)

43 Moorland Road, Bath, BA2 3PN

TOPPING & COMPANY BOOKSELLERS, Bath (@ToppingsBath)

The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS

MAX MINERVAS, Bristol (@maxminervas)

39 North View, Bristol, BS6 7PY

STORYSMITH BOOKS, Bristol (@StorysmithBooks)

49 North Street, Bristol, BS3 1EN

WHITE HORSE BOOKSHOP, Marlborough (@whitehorsebooks)

136 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, SN8 1HW

BAILEY HILL BOOKSHOP, Somerset (@bailhill)

Fore Street, Castle Cary, Somerset, BA7 7BG

HARBOUR BOOKSHOP, Devon (@HarbourBookshop)

2 Mill Street, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 1ED

DARTMOUTH BOOKSELLER, Devon (@Dartmouth_Books)

3 Foss Street, Dartmouth, Devon, TQ6 9DW

CREDITON COMMUNITY BOOKSHOP, Devon (@Credbooks)

21 High Street, Crediton, EX17 3AH

FALMOUTH BOOKSELLER, Falmouth, Cornwall (@falmouthbooks)

21 Church Street, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3EG, UK

ST IVES BOOKSELLER, St Ives, Cornall (@stivesbooks)

2 Fore Street, St Ives, Cornwall. TR26 1AB

SPENCER THORN, Bude, Cornwall (@spencer_thorn)

Belle Vue, Bude, EX23 8JS

YELLOW-LIGHTED BOOKSHOPS, Tetbury and Nailsworth (@YLBookshop)

21 Church St, Tetbury, GL8 8JG and 17 Fountain St, Nailsworth, GL6 0BL

CORSHAM BOOKSHOP, Corsham, (@CorshamBookshop)

16 Martingate, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 0HL

OCTAVIA’S BOOKSHOP, Cirencester (@octaviabookshop)

24 Black Jack Street, Cirencester, GL7 2AA

LEDBURY BOOKS, Ledbury (@LedburyBooks)

20 High Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1DS

ROGANS BOOKS, Bedford (@RogansBooks)

26 Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3US

NORFOLK CHILDREN’S BOOK CENTRE, Norfolk (@NorfolkCBC)

Church Lane, Alby, Norwich NR11 7HB

THE BOOK HIVE, Norwich (@bookhive)

53 London Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1HL

KENILWORTH BOOKS, Kenilworth, West Midlands (@KenilworthBook)

12 Talisman Square, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 1JB

WARWICK BOOKS, Warwick, West Midlands (@warwick_books)

24 Market Place, Warwick, CV34 4SL

BUTTON AND BEAR BOOKS, Shrewsbury (@buttonbearbooks)

3 Thornes Hall27/28 Castle StreetSHR SY1 2BQ

BOOKA BOOKSHOP, Owestry (@BookaBookshop)

26-28 Church Street, Owestry, Shropshire, SY11 2SP

LINGHAMS BOOKS, Wirral (@LinghamsBooks)

248 Telegraph Road, Heswall, Wirral, Merseyside, CH60 7SG

RHYME AND REASON, Sheffield (@RhymeAndReas)

681 Ecclesall Road, S11 8TG

THE BARRISTER’S BOOK CHAMBER, Retford (@BBookChamber)

33 Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PA

THE RABBIT HOLE, Brigg (@Therabbits21)

21 Market Place, Brigg, North Lincolnshire, DN208LD

SIMPLY BOOKS, Bramhall (@simplybooksNo1)

228 Moss Lane, Bramhall, Cheshire, SK7 1BD

READ. HOLMFIRTH, Holmfirth (@read_holmfirth)

Ground Floor, 41 Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3JH

CHILDREN’S BOOKSHOP, Huddersfield (@Lindley_Books)

37-39 Lidget Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3JF

THE BOOK CORNER, Halifax (@BookCornerHX)

The Piece Hall, HX1 1RE

THE LITTLE BOOKSHOP, Chapel Allerton, Leeds (@littlebookleeds)

47 Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD

IMAGINED THINGS, Harrogate (@ImaginedThings)

THE BOOK CASE, Hebden Bridge, W. Yorkshire (@bookcasehebden)

29 Market Street, Hebden Bridge, HX7 6EU

THROUGH THE WARDROBE BOOKS, Mirfield, West Yorkshire (@WardrobeBooks)

2 Nettleton Road, Mirfield, W. Yorkshire, WF14 9AA

THE LITTLE APPLE BOOKSHOP, York (@LittleAppleBook)

13 High Petergate, York, YO1 7EN

WHITE ROSE BOOKS, York (@whiterosebooks)

79-81 Market Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1ET

BOOK CORNER, Saltburn, North Yorkshire (@BookCornerShop)

24 Milton Street, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, TS12 1DG

THE WHITBY BOOKSHOP, Whitby (@whitbybookshop)

88 Church Street, Whitby, YO22 4BH

DRAKE THE BOOKSHOP, Stockton-on-Tees (@drakebookshop)

27 Silver St, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18, 1SX

SEVEN STORIES, Newcastle Upon Tyne (@7StoriesBooks)

30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ

FORUM BOOKS, Northumberland (@ForumBooks)

The Chapel, Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, NE45 5AW

SAM READ BOOKS, Grasmere (@SReadBooks)

Broadgate House, Grasmere, Ambleside, LA22 9SY

THE HEDGEHOG BOOKSHOP, Penrith, Cumbria

19 Little Dockray, Penrith, CA11 7HL

THE NEW BOOKSHOP, Cockermouth, Cumbria (@TheNewBookshop)

42 - 44 Main Street, Cockermouth, CA13 9LQ

BOOKS CUMBRIA, Carlisle (@BookendsCarl)

19 Castle Street, Carlisle, CA3 8SY

BRIDGE BOOKSHOP, Isle of Man (@BookshopIOM)

Shore Road, Port Erin, IM9 6HL AND 62 Parliament Street, Ramsey, IM8 1AJ

THE EDINBURGH BOOKSHOP, Edinburgh (@EdinBookShop)

29 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4DH

GOLDEN HARE BOOKS, Edinburgh (@GoldenHareBooks)

68 Stephen Street, Edinburgh, EH3 5AQ

MAINSTREET TRADING BOOKS AND CAFE, St Boswells (@mainstreethare)

Mainstreet, St Boswells, Scottish Borders, TD6 0AT

GRIFFIN BOOKS, Penarth, South Wales (@GriffinBooksUK)

9A Windsor Road, Penarth, South Wales, CF64 1JB

CHEPSTOW BOOKS, Chepstow (@ChepstowBooks)

13 St Mary Street, Chepstow NP16 5EW

BOOK-ISH, Wales (@Bookishcrick)

18 High Street, Crickhowell, Powys, NP8 1BD

BOOKS PAPER SCISSORS, Belfast (@BooksPaperSciss)

15 Stranmillis Rd, Belfast, BT9 5AF

NO ALIBIS BOOKSTORE, Belfast (@NOALIBISBOOKS)

83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL

Sneaky addition because they’re only online now but they’re doing some fantastic work so I couldn’t resist:

BIG GREEN BOOKSHOP, online (@Biggreenbooks)

Apologies for any broken links - I’ll review and fix soon. Typing in haste is always a bit dangerous but you’ll forgive me because I was so excited to see all these suggestions and wanted to get this list out into the world ASAP.

Any other favourites to add to the list? Let me know!

*Note to Bookstores - I wanted to put some photos in because WHO doesn’t love a peek into a bookstore(?!) but they ended up really S L O W I N G the website down (and me too!) so I’ve left them out for now!