Best of Boston

2008 Best Children's Bookstore

Curious George & Friends

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 with acclaimed new releases. And since sifting through thousands of titles for all reading levels can be daunting, the seasoned staffers are ready to help you locate, say, the perfect horse-themed series for your equine-obsessed nine-year-old niece. Though here’s betting no assistance will be required to spot books and toys featuring a certain mischievous monkey.

One JFK St., Cambridge, 617-498-0062,