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The YKNR Community’s Favourite Bookshops

Australia's favourite children's bookshops
Posted on February 1, 2024

Following recent comments, widely covered in the media, from an Australian independent bookseller, we asked the Your Kid’s Next Read community to recommend their favourite Australian bookshops for children’s literature.

The places they go for a wide range of diverse and interesting stories of all kinds, advice and a warm welcome.

Well, we were INUNDATED with glowing responses and reviews, and have put them into a list for easy reference (and so you can plan your Bookshops Of Australia roadtrip).

And yes, we’ve included some New Zealand and online favourites as well.

Click the bookshop name for their website, Instagram or Facebook page, and address details. Enjoy!

 

 

Best children's bookshops VictoriaYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: VICTORIA

The Little Bookroom, Fitzroy. “The oldest children’s bookshop in the southern hemisphere, I believe. Family run and brimming with all kinds of books. During the long covid lockdowns in Melbourne we could buy a book online in the morning and they would deliver it to you by bicycle that afternoon.” – Georgina

Squishy Minnie, Kyneton. … is amazing!! Really progressive and eclectic range of books for kids and teens.– Renee

The Younger Sun Bookshop, Yarraville.

The Kid’s Bookshop, Mitcham. “They’re wonderful!” – Kirsten

Bookish, Bendigo.Wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable staff.” – Carol

Farrells Bookshop, Mornington. “Staff that I absolutely adore and such a huge range of Kidlit!” – Danielle

Collins Booksellers, Croydon. “An extensive and diverse children’s section which is very popular. I love seeing kids searching for books there!” – Heather

Avenue Bookstore, Elsternwick. “Next level awesome!” – Claire

Jeffreys Books, Malvern. “So supportive of local authors, always friendly and helpful staff, and have an amazing collection of kids books.” – Romi

Great Escape Books, Airey’s Inlet. “One of our faves! Nicole and the team are brilliant.” – Kylie

The Leaf Bookshop, Ashburton. “Delightful and always well stocked.” – Madeline

Turn the Page, Cowes. “A number of times I’ve phoned them to help me organise birthday presents for my nephews for them to pick up from the store after school. They’re amazing.” – Melissa

Beaumaris Books, Beaumaris.…is great! That’s where I get a lot of stuff.” – George

Reader’s Emporium, Traralgon. “Very supportive of authors and readers.” – Susan

SchoolWorks, Bairnsdale. “Also an educational bookshop [and] has a great range of childrens books and local author books.”Charlotte

Pictures and Pages, Coburg.You rock!” – Lauren

North Melbourne Books, North Melbourne. “A small local bookstore with good selection.” – Zannatul

Enchanted Years, Williamstown.[It’s] a gorgeous shop! Laura is fabulous…” – Michelle

Bookgrove, Ocean Grove.

The Bookshop at Queenscliff, Queenscliff.

Escape Hatch Books, Kew. “We discovered Fran and this gem of a store while visiting the school uniform shop across the road years and years ago and she has always been wonderful and welcoming and has worked to make the bookshop about community, as much as books and reading, which is what so many of the wonderful bookshops on this list do everyday.” – Kylie

Torquay Books, Wadawurrung. “Lynne and her team are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful!” – Fran

Collins Books, Shepparton. “Not my local bookshop, but it is my Dad’s and they are also very helpful when I visit with him and my kids.– Sally

Edgars Books & News, Wangaratta.Is wonderful! What a great travel itinerary visiting each of these stores would make.– Lisbeth

Readings, Melbourne. “My forever bookshop. A wonderful selection of kids books at all their stores in Melbourne and a dedicated kids bookshop in Carlton!” – Vanessa

Cook & Young Booksellers, Southland.It’s my local and they have so many graphic novels, it’s pretty great!– Anna

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS QLDYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: QUEENSLAND

The Mad Hatters Bookshop, Manly. “A tiny but very well stocked store with super knowledgeable and friendly staff.” – Erin

Where The Wild Things Are Bookshop, West End. “A kids’ book shop with an amazing and diverse range of books and lovely, widely read booksellers.” – Sarah

Riverbend Books, Bulimba.Riverbend and its staff have given me so many years of wonderful children’s literature events and recommendations as well as a space in Bulimba to escape the hustle and bustle, browse the shelves and chat with other lovers of childrens and YA literature. A true treasure in the heart of Brisbane!” – Megan

Little Gnome, Wynnum.

Bright And Early Books, Ascot. “Owner Cholm is an experienced educator and his bookstore has a great mix of adult, children’s and YA titles along with watercolour classes and literacy classes for a young audience.” – Murray

Book Face, Pacific Fair, Gold Coast.

Under the Greenwood Tree, Tamborine North. “Tiny, delightful, and full of every thing.” – Sarah

Annie’s Books, Peregian.

The Junction Bookstore, Noosa Heads.

Berkelouw Books, Eumundi. “Love their variety of children’s books (and grown up books).” – Michelle

The Little Book Nook, Palmwoods.

Rosetta Books, Maleny.

Quick Brown Fox Bookshop, Grange. “Absolutely delightful!” – Sharolyn

Dymock’s, Indooroopilly. “I know it’s a chain, but the staff are incredibly kind and helpful whenever my daughter and I go in.– Rachel

Scrumptious Reads, Paddington.

Books@Stones, Stones Corner. “Karen and Michael are so welcoming.” – Louise

 The Book Tree, Toowoomba. “It’s lovely.” – Sarah

Shelf Lovers, Wooloowin. “A fully inclusive and representative bookshop for everybody. They run some awesome events, too – drag storytime for one!” – Lucy

Pulp Fiction Books, Queen St Mall, Brisbane.

Under Blue Skies Bookshop, Mareeba. “A fab little bookstore in our town.” – Theresa

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS NSWYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: NSW

Better Read Than Dead, Newtown.

Hill Of Content, Balmain.

Gleebooks, Glebe. “A fabulous selection and a brilliant Children’s Book specialist who can recommend books for your child, tween or teen.” – Kate

Abbey’s Bookshop, Sydney. “Always terrific.” – Belinda

The Constant Reader, Crows Nest. “A fabulous bookshop and now has a separate kids bookshop next door!– Alison

Big Sky Stories and One More Page Book Emporium, Broken Hill.Living remotely we would be lost without the lovely Jane who recommends and orders in all sorts of lovely books for us and then even posts them out when we won’t be in town again soon.” – Michelle

Books on East, Narrandera. “It’s fantastic.” – Caroline

 Humphreys, Manly.A terrific kids’ section and their bookseller Wendy is brilliant.” – Pip

Dymock’s, Nowra.

The Turning Page, Springwood NSW.

Novella Fine Books, Cards and Gifts, Wahroonga.

Book Face, Erina. “Always beautiful, excited and helpful.” – Fiona

The Book Warehouse, Lismore.

 The Bookshop Bowral, Bowral.  “[One] of my favourites.” – Stephanie

Boobook On Owen, Huskisson.

Wax Lyrical Bookstore, Berry.

Harbour Bookshop, Ulladulla.

Collins Booksellers, Thirroul.

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS NTYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: NT

Red Kangaroo Books, Alice Springs. “The place to go in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. They are always happy to order books in and are great supporters of Territory and Australian writers.” – Deborah

The Bookshop Darwin, Darwin. “Large selection of children’s novels and picture books including new releases and classics. Features local authors.” – Veronica

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS ACTYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: ACT

The Book Cow, Kingston. “Fabulous collection of kids books and super supportive of local authors.” – Stephanie

 

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS TASYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: TAS

The Hobart Bookshop.

Petrarch’s Bookshop, Launceston. “Amazing.” – Kate

Fullers Bookshop, Hobart. “Love them!!!” – Jessie

Dymocks, Hobart. “They are incredible and always go above and beyond.” – Kate

Cracked and Spineless New and Used Books, Hobart.  “Wonderful, weird and passionate.” – Kate

Not Just Books, Burnie.

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS SAYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: SA

Page & Turner, Myer Centre, Adelaide. “We happily spent an hour or so, found a full set of a new series – Warriors – here, and if we hadn’t had people waiting for us we would have spent longer there!” – Katy

Shakespeare’s Bookshop, Blackwood. “Well-stocked with amazing kids (and non-kids) books from diverse authors, including local talent.” – Hannah

Matilda Bookshop, Stirling.

Imprints Booksellers, Adelaide. Great for older readers.” – Jane

Dillions Norwood Bookshop, Norwood.

Pegi Williams Book Shop, Adelaide.

Greenlight Comics, Adelaide. “Amazing for graphic novels.” – Ruth

Dymocks, Glenelg.

Mostly Books, Mitcham Square. “They’re always nice to me and have a good range of books (also will order if they don’t have the thing). They are openly queer/trans affirming at times and have some cool older books like Angela Davis books.” – Agata

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS WAYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: WA

Rabble Books & Games, Maylands. “They also have an online shop. They have the most diverse range and are always happy to talk books and games that might be suitable for your needs.” – Aileen

Paper Bird Children’s Books and Arts, Fremantle. “Fabulous place and so much more than a bookshop. It even has its own Narnia!” – Jan

Beaufort Street Books, Mount Lawley. “Runs amazing kids and youth book clubs, story time and has wonderful employees.” – Melissa

Dymock’s, Subiaco. “[There’s} a Pride wall, a local authors display, a First Nations wall, and more. There’s lots of love in the store.” – Shannon

 

YKNR FAVOURITE CHILDREN'S BOOKSHOPS NZYKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: NEW ZEALAND

Scorpio Books, Christchurch. “A great one (especially because they have a dedicated children’s shop across the alley from the grownup bookshop)! I found some podcast recs in there, as well as receiving some employee recs and a teacher discount (what a lovely bonus?!)” – Shelley

Unity Books, Wellington. “They have a buyer just for their kids’ book selection.– Averil

Little Unity Books, Auckland. “Amazing staff, cute store in a cool street downtown.” – Tania

Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookstore, Ponsonby, Auckland

The Children’s Bookshop, Wellington. “Amazing.” – Louise

 

YKNR FAVE BOOKSHOPS: ONLINE

Bin Chicken Books. “An incredible source for preloved books and the owner constantly champions own voice’s literature. She’s bloody excellent at recommendations too.” – Haylee

Amplify Bookstore. “All about diversity and POC representation and authors.” – Lisa

Plus, a shout-out for public libraries – if you haven’t been to yours for a while, the community recommends a visit.


 

a l tait profileAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

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