Best Bookshops for Kids in Brisbane
In Brisbane we are very fortunate to have access to some tremendous independent bookstores. In an age where young people spend more and more time connected online, there is something extra special about holding a book in your hand and immersing yourself in reading. Part of this journey is visiting a physical bookshop and seeing what is on offer – perhaps discovering an old classic or uncovering a new favourite.
Nowadays bookshops are not just bookshops, they are often a place to have a coffee, join in a literary event, listen to an author speak, attend a book launch or partake in a book club. They have so much to offer for families, so why not find your nearest local bookstore and take the whole family for a visit.
The Mad Hatters Bookshop – Manly
Perfectly situated in the Brisbane bayside town of Manly, The Mad Hatters Bookshop is bursting with books, games, puzzles and gifts and is definitely a place where you can spend some time perusing the shelves. Harry Potter lovers will rejoice in the Harry Potter Room where you can immerse yourself in all things Hogwarts. Throughout the year there are also some brilliant events on offer such as shopping nights, book clubs and school holiday activities, all capped off with a wonderful rewards program (you can earn free books just by being a regular customer).
Where The Wild Things Are – West End
Stomp into this very child friendly bookshop in West End, to peruse a wide selection of children’s books. Situated beside its big sister, the Avid Reader, Where the Wild Things Are is far more than just an ordinary bookshop. Fun, family friendly events are held regularly in-store and include book signings, story time, book clubs and book launches. Storytime often involves art and craft, hands on activities and sometimes even live animals!! The staff pride themselves on personal service and are always on hand to offer suggestions and advice on choosing the perfect book, whether it is for you, the school or a gift.
The Book Garden – Graceville
The Book Garden is an independent, Australian owned bookstore situated in Graceville within the American Bookstore. The Book Garden specialises in educational resources and supplies but also stocks a comprehensive range of children’s books. The very passionate and helpful staff will only be too happy to assist customers and if they don’t have a book in stock, they will only be too happy to order it in. Be sure to check out their regular children’s book clubs as well as weekly Storytime’s.
[email protected] – Stones Corner
A visit to [email protected] will have you browsing a large selection of books, with an emphasis on Australian fiction and non-fiction books, as well as children’s books. Regular events instore include storytime, meet the author, school holiday workshops and more.
Mary Ryan Books – Milton
Mary Ryan Books is a Brisbane institution, selling books since 1975. The substantial children’s section is thoughtfully placed away from the main action of the shop with ‘reading copies’ of children’s books provided for the little ones to look through whilst you are visiting the store. There is also a café within the store as well as an Australian Post, so you can check off a few tasks when visiting. Make sure you also check out the other Mary Ryan Book stores in New Farm and Noosa.
Riverbend Books – Bulimba
Trading since 1998 and located in picturesque Bulimba, Riverbend Books is a wonderful place to not only browse books, but to sit, relax and have a bite to eat in the café on the deck. Regular literary events are held instore including author events, poetry evenings, workshops for children, ‘crafternoons’ and book clubs. Why not arrive by river when visiting the store, utilising the nearby CityCat or ferry.
The Lifeline Bookfest
Whilst not technically a ‘bookshop’ this biannual event held in Brisbane every January and June is a brilliant place to grab a bargain. The Lifeline Bookfest is a free event and sells a range of pre-loved books starting from just $1. So dig out your small change, pack up the kids and head to The Lifeline Bookfest to expand your book collection.
More info: Lifeline Bookfest
If you know of a bookstore not listed in the above list please let us know in comments below and remember that reading to your kids is one of the greatest gifts you can give them.