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BEST Children's Bookstore

2014 BEST Children's Bookstore

The Children’s Book Shop

Brookline

The bad news: Bookstores dedicated solely to children are increasingly rare. The good news: The best one you’ll find anywhere has been in Brookline Village for almost 40 years. From board books to young-adult lit, the Children’s Book Shop offers… read more »

2013 BEST Children's Bookstore

The Children’s Book Shop

Brookline

Sure, it’s a little dog-eared (we prefer well loved), but this Brookline Village godsend, serving young readers since 1977, will break you of your rote nightly reads with a fresh supply of soon-to-be family favorites spanning every era: In the… read more »

2011 BEST Children's Bookstore

The Children’s Book Shop

Brookline

Will future generations see actual hold-in-your-hands books as curious, unidentifiable objects? Not if the scene at this Brookline Village gem is any indication. The area’s oldest independent children’s bookstore has aisles teeming with tykes digging into the 28,000-plus titles on… read more »

2008 BEST Children's Bookstore
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Curious George & Friends

Cambridge

Founded with help from Curious George coauthor Margret Rey, this Harvard Square mainstay doesn’t rest on pedigree. It livens up the calendar with frequent author signings, stays timely with additions like an “environmental awareness” section, and balances its bountiful classics… read more »

2007 BEST Children's Bookstore

The Children’s Book Shop

Brookline

Like anything well loved by a child, this Brookline Village institution has become charmingly worn around the edges, the creaky floors a testament to decades of small roaming feet. It eschews the chain bookstores’ gloss (and their piles of trinketry… read more »

2006 BEST Children's Bookstore
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Barefoot Books

Cambridge

As moms and dads know a little too well, when kids find a book that works for them, they tend to go back to it again and again. And again. The same applies to our pick in this category. Four-time… read more »

2005 BEST Children's Bookstore

Barefoot Books

Cambridge

Kids? Reading? Ha. Pass the remote. Fortunately this Porter Square independent publisher and bookshop still emphasizes literacy and creative storytelling, matching up unequaled illustrations with cross-cultural tales to create award-winning titles such as The Gigantic Turnip and the celebrated My… read more »

2004 BEST Children's Bookstore

Barefoot Books

Cambridge

Imagine, if you will, a philosophy built of peace, love, and understanding—but instead of obsolete, ever-groovy libertarianism, it has underpinnings of discipline, education, and enviable creativity. That’s the story behind the stories on the shelves of Barefoot Books, the internationally… read more »

2003 BEST Children's Bookstore

Barefoot Books

Cambridge

Is Junior grappling with the moral implications of a carnivorous diet? Take him to Porter Square to read Herb, The Vegetarian Dragon. Barefoot Books’ sunny little children’s nook, stocked by its own locally based international publishing company of the same… read more »

1999 BEST Children's Bookstore

Curious Georgge Goes to Wordsworth

Cambridge

Roughly translated, that means, All kids go to heaven. With its bright red-and-yellow storefront, this kiddie version of Wordsworth marks the central corner of Harvard Square as well as the center of the children’s book world. Walk into this fun… read more »