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10 of the Best Children’s Bookstores in Houston

10-of-the-Best-Children's-Bookstores-in-HoustonThere is nothing like the warm, cozy feeling of having a drowsy child in your lap as you read to them a story from their favorite book. The right book will both excite and soothe your child, and instill in them loving memories and an enthusiasm for the written word. Finding that perfect book for your child is indeed a treasure. So where to begin this hunt for good children’s literature? Well, in Houston, you have a lovely variety to choose from. Not only will you be able to find the books your child desires, but if you are looking for atmosphere and a good time during the shopping trip itself, Houston has a lot to offer in the way of children’s bookstores. As an added bonus, you will also find a plethora of events, story times, and educational services in many of these shops.

1. Blue Willow Books

Blue Willow Books is a very special bookstore located on Memorial Drive in Houston. It has a large children’s section and organizes books by age and interest. Therefore, if your child has developed a recent interest in, say, panda bears, you can ask them for a book on pandas for a six year old and get just the right item. Blue Willow also has wonderful story times and other events for kids of all ages.

2. Brazos Bookstore

Brazos Books has a large kids’ room with a nice selection of books for young ones from six months to sixteen. It also has an inviting area for kids to sit and read on large pillows, a couch, or a comfy rug. Brazos is located on Bissonnet St. in Houston.

3. Bookworm Reading

This unique store in Katy not only has books, but offers services for parents and children like reading level assessments, classes for parents, tutoring, and book readings. This store has a wonderful area to sit and read with your family that includes a fireplace, couch, and a beautiful view.

4. Half Price Books

Located at Westheimer and Kirkwood, Half Price Books has a decent amount of children’s books and also hosts events geared towards young readers. For example, they often host events based upon well-loved children’s books to allow kids the chance to celebrate their own literary giants.

5. Barnes and Noble

Even though it is a bookstore chain giant, Barnes and Noble is still a great place to shop for children’s books. With a wide variety of books and toys, you can find almost anything you are looking for in this store. You will also find frequent events to entertain little ones, with many events that includes a story time and a snack.

6. Katy Books

Katy Books is another great place to find children’s literature. They also host a weekly story time every Wednesday morning and again every Thursday evening to accommodate working parents.

7. Lakeshore Learning

At Lakeshore Learning you are bound to find lots of books for kids and tons of other educational goodies as well. Whether you are looking for books, crafts, decorations, ways to organize or just really cool developmental toys, you will find them at Lakeshore Learning.

8. Learning Express

Learning Express in Town and Country Village has a wide array of children’s books among their impressive selection of educational toys. This store often serves as a meeting spot for friends, and children love visiting the shop and trying out new products. Here you will find a friendly atmosphere where the staff try to make it a point to remember their young customers’ names.

9. Houston Public Library

While not a bookstore, you can’t talk about where to buy books without mentioning Houston’s library. The Friends of this library host children’s book sales quite often, so you can still score a book or two to bring home permanently at the end of the day.

10. Teacher Heaven Books

As their motto states, this store is not just for teachers. If you are looking for educational books and activity books for your little ones, Teacher Heaven Books is the right place. You’ll find unique and interesting books for all ages and on all topics.

You might want to make it a point to visit all of these great stores with your child, to not only check out all they have to offer in books, but to enjoy some fun day trips together as well by taking in a story time or settling in and reading to your child yourself in a different environment. You may also find some amusing toys and engaging crafts to take home and partake in with your little one as well.




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