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Children's Bookstores Around New York City

Children's Bookstores Around New York City

Your kids will love these independent children's bookstores in the NYC area!

Updated Aug. 28: You’re missing out on the special experience of browsing your local kids's bookstores in the New York City area if you typically order kids' books online (or scoop up hand-me-downs from friends and relatives)! Each children's bookstore as something unique to offer, whether your little one is just learning to read or pursuing a new favorite. (Bonus: These children's bookstores are fun for Mom and Dad, too!). Consult this guide to children's bookstores in the New York City area to find your family's new favorite, go-to book spot as well as the modified hours and safety precautions each shop is taking.

Children's Bookstores in Westchester County

Arcade Books
15 Purchase St., Rye
What you need to know: The store is open during regular business hours, Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6pm. Books can also be ordered online for in-store pickup. Books can also be ordered online for in-store pickup.

This independent bookstore carries fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults, and hosts events that celebrate reading and history for the child (or grandchild) in your life. Teachers can fill out the online course requirement form to ensure their books are in stock at back-to-school time.

Galapagos Books 
22A Main St., Hastings on Hudson
What you need to know: The store is open with the following limited hours: Tuesday-Friday, 1-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm. No returns or exchanges are accepted, and customers are encouraged not to touch books while browsing. Events are on hold for the immediate future.

A Hudson Valley favorite since 1987, Galapagos Books is independently owned and carries more than 10,000 titles geared towards all ages and cultures. Great for those who are searching for author-signed books from local authors or illustrators. The store also collaborates with local authors to host signings and meet-and-greets.

Little Joe’s Coffee and Books
25 Katonah Ave., Katonah
What you need to know: The bookstore is open Tuesday-Friday, 7:30am-5:30pm, and Saturday, 9:30am-5:30pm.The café is taking orders for food and beverages, and you can text 914-334-8019 from 10am-5pm for help with books. No refunds or returns but the store can order books on demand.

No matter what stage your reader is at, the helpful staff at Little Joe’s can recommend the perfect book—from board and bedtime books to young adult fiction. Currently owned by Pete and Gretchen Menzies—who count children’s books, gourmet food, and local produce among their obsessions—every book, beverage, and food item in the store is hand-selected. 

Scattered Books
29 King St., Chappaqua
What you need to know: The store is open Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, 12-3pm. Orders can also be placed for in-store pickup, porch pickup, or delivery.

This store features a selection of books for children and teens, along with toys and games from Peaceable Kingdom, Innovative Kids, and Lego. 

Womrath Book Shop
76 Pondfield Road, Bronxville
What you need to know: The store is open during regular hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, 11am-5pm. Curbside pickup and delivery in the neighborhood are also available.

This family-owned shop has all the toys and activities needed to keep your little munchkins entertained, along with knowledgeable owners who will suggest or order new favorites. Great for shoppers who have “heard” of a book but don’t remember what it’s called—the owners are happy to look it up. 

Children's Bookstores in Rockland County

Meadowlark Toys
241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge
What you need to know: Store is currently closed due to the pandemic.
Founded in 2005 by families at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, Meadowlark stocks children and teen fiction that encourages emotional growth and inspires a sense of wonder. Browse their natural toys and craft supplies for a unique and memorable gift.

Pickwick Books
8 S. Broadway, Nyack
What you need to know: The store is open, but only two customers are allowed in the store at a time. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11am-7pm; Saturday, 11am-8pm; and Sunday, 12-6pm.

Opening its doors in 1945, this bookstore has been a favorite in the area with a selection of books from local authors and a the largest section for kids in the area.

Children's Bookstores in Manhattan

Bank Street Book Store
2780 Broadway, Upper West Side
What you need to know: Closing for good on Sept. 1. Open for sidewalk sales, pre-arranged curbside pickup, and scheduled in-store shopping Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm and Saturday 12-4pm until then. Masks required and social distancing will be in place. Restrooms unavailable.

Once a college bookstore, Bank Street has grown over the years to serve parents, children, and teachers who want more than your average bookseller. Frequent visitors can join Friends of Bank Street, a tiered membership service that includes in-store discounts, story and puppet show sponsorships, and a free gift bag for new members.

The Book Cellar at Webster Library
1465 York Ave., Upper East Side
What you need to know: It's temporarily closed due to coronavirus.

The Webster branch of The New York Public Library is the oldest in the system, built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. Head down to the basement to visit the Book Cellar, a used bookstore run entirely by volunteers that sells children’s books at discount prices. All net proceeds are donated back to NYPL branches.

Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th St., Flatiron District
217 W. 84th St., Upper West Side
What you need to know: Open for browsing daily, 11am-6pm. Storytimes on Instagram live Fridays at 11am and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30am.

Best known for reissuing L. Frank Baum’s classic Oz books with color illustrations—and for appearing in the movie You’ve Got Mail—Books of Wonder has earned its place as the largest and oldest children’s bookstore in NYC. Visit if you’re looking for an unrivaled selection of children’s literature, or a chance to hear an award-winning author speak.

Idlewild Books
170 Seventh Ave. S., West Village
What you need to know: It's temporarily closed due to coronavirus.

It’s one of the last travel bookstores in the country and has a great selection of children’s books in French and Spanish. Those eager to raise a bilingual kid can sign up for language classes in French, Spanish, Italian, or German.

McNally Jackson
52 Prince St., Nolita
4 Fulton St., South Street Seaport
What you need to know: Open for browsing 12-7pm daily. Masks required and social distancing enforced. Shop online and have books mailed to you or pick up in store.

McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City, with events, plenty of books to choose from, and an engaged staff. And while story times can't be hosted in person, the website has video story times you can watch with your kids.

Montasy Comics
431 Fifth Ave., Midtown
What you need to know: Open for browsing 11am-10pm Monday-Friday, 11am-8pm Saturday-Sunday. Masks required. In-store pickup available.

This shop gets its name by replacing the “fan” in fantasy with the Chinese/Japanese character dream (pronounced “Mon”). The perfect place to introduce your child to comics and collecting, the store welcomes those who want to indulge their passion for comics and gaming in a relaxed environment.

Museum of Modern Art Design Store
44 W. 53rd St., Midtown
What you need to know: Open for browsing 10:30am-6pm, daily. Curbside pickup and appointment shopping available. Masks are required, capacity is reduced, temperature taken at the door, social distancing enforced, hand sanitizer provided.

The books at the MoMA Store will feed your child’s creative side: All are colorful, fun to look at, and encourage self-expression. After picking up a board, plush, or pop-up book, check out their selection of toys and accessories for one-of-a-kind gift ideas.

Strand Book Store
828 Broadway, East Village
What you need to know: Browsing and curbside pick-up available daily, 12-7pm. Capacity limited to 50 percent. Masks and social distancing required. Buying desk and Rare Book Room closed. Events remaining virtual. Socially distanced discount carts available outside. Gloves and masks required upon request. Drinkware, wearables, and cookware will be final sale.

Join in for weekend story times and crafts with beloved children’s characters on the second floor of this independent bookstore established in 1927. Find rare books and browse through unique gifts and apparel, including the store’s iconic tote bags.

Children's Bookstores in Brooklyn

Books Are Magic
225 Smith St., Cobble Hill
What you need to know: Open for limited browsing and pick ups 10am-6pm, daily. All in-store events have been canceled.

Books Are Magic was born in May 2017 and is home to exciting new releases and beloved classics, hidey-holes for children and books to read in them, gumballs filled with poetry, readings and panels almost every night of the week and storytimes on the weekends, and yes, plenty of magic.

The Community Bookstore
143 7th Ave., Park Slope
What you need to know: Open for pick-up or shopping at the door. Contactless and masks required.

The staff at The Community Bookstore has a philosophy of giving back to the community whenever possible on a local and global level, and the shop has a diverse selection of children’s books that speak to sensitive (and often difficult) topics, such as making friends, divorce, and foster care. They’re also happy to order books for schools and non-profits at a discounted rate. Story times take place on Sundays at 11am.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St., Fort Greene
632 Flatbush Ave., Prospect Lefferts Gardens
What you need to know: Open for browsing and picking Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm. Face masks required. Hand sanitizer provided upon entry. Ten people in the store at a time. Limit shopping time to 25 minutes or less. Social distancing when possible is required.

As Fort Greene’s first independent bookstore, Greenlight was built by two women determined to make a career out of books, along with the help of artisans, contractors, and friends who shared their enthusiasm. The shop hosts Saturday story times hosted by authors at 11am, and young reader book groups for ages 8-14.

McNally Jackson
76 N. 4th St., Unit G, Williamsburg
445 Albee Square West, Unit G112, City Point
What you need to know: Open for browsing 12-7pm daily. Masks required and social distancing enforced. Shop online and have books mailed to you or pick up in store.

McNally Jackson is an independent bookstore in New York City, with events, plenty of books to choose from, and an engaged staff. And while story times can't be hosted in person, the website has video story times you can watch with your kids.

Word Bookstores
126 Franklin St., Greenpoint
What you need to know: Open daily, 11am-5pm.

With two locations (in Brooklyn and Jersey City, NJ), Word prides itself on throwing good events, hosting themed birthday parties based on the best children’s books of all time; parties include wrapped book favors and story time. For an extra treat, sign up for the birthday club, which features a coupon good towards 25 percent off books and toys during your child’s birthday month.

Children's Bookstores in Queens

Astoria Bookshop
31-29 31st St., Astoria
What you need to know: Contactless curbside pickup is available on a limited basis.

As Queens’ first independent bookstore, Astoria Bookshop offers a wide selection of books in-store (as well as e-books online), including a section by local authors. Eager young readers can take advantage of story time and writer workshops.

Royal Collectibles
96-01 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
What you need to know: Open for browsing Wednesdays 10am-6pm, Thursday-Sunday 12-6pm. Masks required and hand sanitizer provided. 5 guests allowed in the store at a time. Social distancing required. 

As one of the only stores in Queens to carry comic books and sports collectibles, this shop has been family-owned and -operated since 1992. Among other titles, their children’s comic book section features My Little Pony, Avengers, and Wolverine. Be sure to visit the back room for an impressive selection of statues and other memorabilia.

Topos Bookstore Café
788 Woodward Ave., Ridgewood
What you need to know: The physical location is temporarily closed, but orders can be placed online and for pickup or local drop off on Fridays.

Part bookstore, part café, this shop caters to Queens residents who want to enjoy a cup of coffee along with their book browsing. While they only sell used books, there’s a good children’s selection, and you can bring in your old books in exchange for cash or store credit.

Children's Bookstores in Nassau County

Blue Door Books
501A Central Ave., Cedarhurst
What you need to know: Open for browsing Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm and Sundays 11am-4pm. Masks required. Limited amount of customers in the store as social distancing is required. 

This independent shop offers an array of children’s books, as well as kid-specific services such as story-themed parties (think pirates and dress-up!). For a fun summer surprise, order one of the Camp Packages—a collection of Mad Libs, fact/puzzle books, and travel card games that can be tailored to suit any age.

The Dolphin Bookshop
299 Main St., Port Washington
What you need to know: Open for browsing Monday 11am-3pm, Tuesday 12-4pm, Wednesday 11am-2pm, Thursday 1-5pm, Saturday 11am-3pm, Sunday 11am-3pm. Masks required.

This spacious, independent shop attracts local and new visitors through the strength of its author and celebrity book signings (it has hosted JK Rowling and Eric Carle at past events!). It also helps foster a love of reading through the School Author Program, which arranges author visits to local schools. There is a book reading and craft every Sunday at 11:30am, and a sing-along for young children on Fridays at 11am.

Grasshoppers Comics
76 Hillside Ave., Williston Park
What you need to know: Open for browsing Wednesdays 12-6pm, Thursday 12-8pm, Friday 12-6pm, Saturday 11-6pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.

This organized shop is famous for its great customer service and an ever-changing selection of comics and games. The family-friendly store was once featured in WizKids’ Top 50 Venues for HeroClix (a collectible miniatures game), and has one of the best gaming environments on Long Island. It’s popular in the community, too: The store’s annual holiday fundraising raffle raises thousands of dollars to help sick and terminally ill children.

Children's Bookstores in Suffolk County 

Black Cat Books
54 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island
What you need to know: Open daily for browsing 10am-5pm. Masks required.

Book collectors will love this shop, which was named in honor of the owner’s cat and specializes in secondhand and rare books, vintage collectibles, and signed first editions. Pick up a Golden Book or Dr. Seuss classic while you’re there, and then browse the selection of collectible children’s books online. 

41 Main St., East Hampton
What you need to know: Open daily for browsing 10am-5pm.

This well-curated shop has a wide selection of books to keep eager readers entertained, and can order any book you don’t find at the store.

Book Revue
313 New York Ave., Huntington
What you need to know: Open daily for browning 9:30am-10pm. Masks required. Social distancing, limited capacity, and hand sanitizer stations.

Founded in 1977 and voted best bookstore of 2015, Book Revue is Long Island’s largest independent bookstore, with a large selection of children’s books at up to 50 percent off. Stop by on Thursdays for Toddler Time, which features crafts, sculptures, singing, and dancing, as well as live guitar once a month. 

Fourth World Comics and Toys
33 Route 111, Smithtown
What you need to know: Open for browsing Monday-Saturday, 10am-9pm. Sunday 10am-6pm. All customers and employees must wear  a mask. No more than 10 customers in the store at a time. Try to limit your visit to 15 minutes. Maintain social distance at all times. Restrooms are for employees only. Hand sanitizer will be available. Curbside pickup is still available.

Home to the largest selection of independent comics on Long Island, 4th World has a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and offers a yearly comic book club membership for only $10. Young comic fans will love the selection of new releases, action figures, and prints.

Long Island Comics
276 Little East Neck Road (Route 109), West Babylon
What you need to know: Open for browsing daily except Mondays, 12:30-6pm. Masks required.

Once called “The Batcave,” Long Island’s oldest continually operated store carries new and vintage comic books, and has a library of more than 150,000 hard-to-find/back issues in stock. Eager readers can reserve new releases one week prior to release with the New Comics Reserve system; collectors can browse rare Gold and Silver Age comics in the shop’s eBay store. 

Children's Bookstores in Fairfield County, CT

Barrett Bookstore
314 Heights Road, Darien
What you need to know: The bookstore is open for patrons to shop, and orders can still be placed for back-of-store pickup and local delivery in Darien and Rowayton. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-5pm; and Sunday, 12-5pm.

First opened in 1939 in downtown Stamford, Barrett Bookstore has expanded over the years on the strength of its loyal customer support and the dedication of its knowledgeable staff.

Books on the Common
404 Main St. Ridgefield
What you need to know: The store is now open Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm, and Sunday, 12-4pm. Orders can also be placed via the website, phone, or email for curbside pickup or shipping.

This independent shop has survived and thrived throughout the age of big-name booksellers and online shopping, thanks to local residents who prefer to get their recommendations from humans instead of computers. With thousands of children’s books to choose from, regulars can take advantage of the frequent buyers’ club, which gives a store credit for every 10 books purchased.

Byrd’s Books
178 Greenwood Ave., Bethel
What you need to know: The store is open for limited browsing with only three people or one family allowed at a time: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-5pm. Orders can also be placed online for curbside or doorway pickup.

Searching for a new release? Look no further than this shop, which carries only new titles. While books can be ordered online at a 20 percent discount, you’ll want to visit the store for the best selection—25 percent of its inventory is dedicated to children’s books for all ages and genres.

Diane’s Books
8 Grigg St., Greenwich
What you need to know: The store is open for one person or family at a time, and orders can be placed via phone or email for curbside pickup or to be shipped to you. The store is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

With the largest selection of family books in the country, Diane’s has thrived for more than 20 years thanks to personalized service. For a unique gift, visit the website: It offers personalized gift wagons or beach bags for baby showers, birthdays, and bar/bat mitzvahs.

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