Best Child Bookstores in the Boston Area

Looking for a fun, educational, activity to do with your children? There are some great children’s bookstores in the Boston area that specialize in books for babies, young children, or families. They often put on events and readings and can be a fun Sunday activity for the whole family, that is affordable and encourages reading for your young ones. Check out some of these great bookstores in the area!

The Children’s Book Shop

The Children’s Book Shop is the longest-running independent children’s bookstore in the Boston area, since opening in 1977. They’ve been featured in the Boston Globe, voted best children’s bookstore of Boston, and have become a staple for children, their parents, and their teachers for decades. Their hand-selected collection of books includes old and new, and has anything and everything you may be looking for. They have poetry contests, teacher nights, and other bookstore events. It is a go-to spot for finding that perfect children’s book for the kid or teacher in your life.

Blue Bunny Books

Blue Bunny Books was founded in 2003 by children’s author and illustrator, Peter  H. Reynolds. Along with a collection of the best children’s books you can find, Blue Bunny also features Peter H. Reynolds’ extensive collection available, and some signed by Reynolds himself! The attached Mocha Java Cafe makes visiting Blue Bunny Books an enjoyable experience for everyone. Mom and dad can grab a coffee while the kids sit through book readings and activities.

An Unlikely Story

An Unlikely Story is a bit of a drive, about 45 minutes outside of Chestnut Hill, but is worth a day trip. It’s located in historic Falk’s Market and boasts an awesome vintage vibe. With a combined bookstore, cafe, and gift shop, you can have it all here. Children can have a delicious lunch and pick out their books, while adults can grab a beer or a glass of wine at the cafe and sit down with their book of choice. It has something for everyone, and you can make a day of it.

The Curious George Store

As the only Curious George Store in the world, they strive to be a place to bring children and their parents together to learn, play, and explore. The owner Astra Titus was stricken with a fierce curiosity early on as a child, and that stuck with her well into adulthood. She worked very hard to open The Curious George Store and hopes to inspire and keep curiosity alive in the children, and adults, every day.

Karin’s Barefoot Books

Karin’s Barefoot Books was founded by two moms who wanted to share their stories and help connect people through stories and books. The name barefoot is an ode to how we feel as children, running barefoot in the dirt and feeling connected to the earth, and humanity around us. It’s very freeing to be barefoot, and it’s also very freeing to read stories of other people’s lives and to explore through the words of fiction and fantasy. They strive to bring people of all walks of life together and know bringing up children amongst books and literature is the best way to help them explore life.


2020 brings a new year and a new decade. We thought it’d be fun to gather up the best children’s books of the decade. From learning to laughter, these are some of the best children’s books to come out in the last 10 years. 

The Day the Crayons Quit is a hilarious story of the crayons going on strike because they are tired of doing the same thing. Orange and yellow both want to be the color of the sun, while black doesn’t want to just be an outline. The story goes through how child Duncan can appease the masses and get them back to coloring. You’ll be laughing, and imaginations will run wild with this fun, unique story of the crayons quitting their jobs.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site knows everyone needs to get a good sleep to do their work. Even the bulldozers and dump trucks need their rest to be able to do a hard day’s work the next day. This cute telling of a goodnight story will be a new favorite amongst your youngest children, for sure.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Pigeon is a popular character in children’s books, from such titles as Pigeon Wants a Puppy, and Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the Bus. This time Pigeon doesn’t want to take a bath, because of course, he took one last month. These funny, lesson telling books will be a fun way to get your kids to love taking a bath, cause Pigeon said so!

Julian is a Mermaid is a gorgeous picture book telling the tale of a boy spotting 3 women dressed as mermaids on his way home from the pool. It will open up the imaginations of your childre and is an overall fun read, with gorgeous pictures to look at. We love this one!

The Truth Pixie has been called a “self-help book for 7-year-olds” in the best way possible. The heartwarming story of a young girl who simply cannot tell a lie teaches us how life can throw you curveballs, and ups and downs, but staying true to yourself is the key to living your best life. An inspiring tale that will surely be fun to read with your elementary-aged children.

Solbe Learning Center knows the importance of reading to your kids, with your kids, and eventually them reading on their own. Books and stories are an incredible asset to teach everything from basic reading and grammar skills, to knowing how to deal with real-life situations. We encourage everyone to take the time to visit some of these amazing children’s bookstores around town, and show your kids that reading is fun!