Best Bookshops for Kids in Brisbane
We are incredibly fortunate in Brisbane to have access to some fabulous independent bookstores. In an age where our young people spend more and more time connected online and glued to screens, there is something a bit special and fabulous about a trip to your local bookstore to discover some reading gems and engage with literary activities.
Many of the local bookstores listed hold regular events ranging from regular live readings and kids focused activities to one-off special events such as author signings and book launches. Just head to their websites for more information.
Avid Reader – West End
Avid Reader has a strong commitment to fostering young readers and stock the best books possible, sourced in Australia and overseas, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. Like them on Facebook to have access to information about their fabulous range of literary events and launches for adults and children alike.
The Book Garden – Toowong
While The Book Garden at Toowong specialise in providing for schools and childcare centres, they also have a great selection of books for practically every need such as toddler books, picture books, junior fiction, children’s reference and teaching resources for educators.
[email protected] – Stones Corner
[email protected] is an independent bookstore specialising in Australian Authors and stories, both fiction and non-fiction to delight people young and old. They also have a great selection of greeting cards designed by local artists. Their children’s book section also has a strong focus on Australian authors.
Mary Ryan Books – Milton
Mary Ryan is like a Brisbane institution. The children’s section is thoughtfully placed away from the main action of the shop so meltdowns can go relatively unnoticed depending on their severity! Again, they have thoughtfully provided ‘reading copies’ of children’s books…a large collection of books which have seen better days but allow young owns to ‘read’ whilst you search out the titles you are after from their well-stocked children’s shelves.
Like them on Facebook for all their up to date information on events and new titles in the store.
Riverbend Books – Bulimba
Owner Suzie Wilson has long had a passion for connecting young people with the right book and has employed staff who are all proficient in this. Over the years, I have attended some fantastic children’s events at Riverbend from book launches, to book chats and craft classes.
Their gorgeous deck is super popular and through the week it is a wonderful space to take children for a cino and cake or plate of sushi, before finding a literary treasure inside to take home.
The Lifeline Bookfest
The Lifeline Bookfest in Brisbane is held biannually – every January and June. Entry to the event is free, and books range in price, but many are as little as $1 each. There are LOTS of books for children, so be sure to take your Brisbane Kids along and help foster a love of reading.
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.