Best Bookshops For Kids In Sydney

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In our book (pun very much intended, thanks), there’s nothing quite like finding a go-to local bookshop. While libraries are a fantastic and free way to enhance your child’s literacy, it's no secret that kids love the thrill of browsing for something special and taking a new book home to enjoy over and over (and over) again.

Not only do they provide a wonderful atmosphere, a unique range of stock, and staff who are truly passionate about literature, they often put on special in-store events for kids. Here's our guide to the best bookshops for kids in Sydney.

The Best Bookshops for Kids in Sydney

1. Kinokuniya

Kinokuniya Bookshop
This gorgeous bookshop in the city is undoubtedly one of the best bookshops for kids in Sydney.

In any book lover's world, a trip to the city is not complete without a visit to Kinokuniya. It’s an absolute delight for both parents and children alike—the children’s section is showered in natural light which comes from a floor-to-ceiling window with a fabulous view of the Town Hall and its clock. The section is cleverly divided into different subject areas which makes it very easy to find what you are after and if you’re still experiencing difficulties, the staff are always on hand to assist. Kinokuniya’s collection is extensive and you will find all of the classics in addition to some quirky and unusual titles!

Location: The Galleries, 500 George St, Sydney

2. Dymocks

Dymocks Sydney
The biggest bookstore in Australia, Dymocks has lots of stores throughout Sydney to keep you busy!

Despite being the country's leading bookstore, many Dymocks stores maintain a more individual and personal feel that is more commonly found in the independents. While we don't like to pick favourites (but watch us do it anyway), the Broadway branch of Dymocks is an ultra-accessible, engaging option—and their choice of children’s literature is incredibly well thought out, wide-ranging and interesting. Perfect for a browse! 

Location: Multiple throughout Sydney, see Dymocks Locations for details

3. Abbey’s Bookshop

Abbey's Bookshop
Abbey's Bookshop is a wonderful place to garner a love of books among children and adults alike. 

A long-serving and iconic Australian-owned, independent bookstore, Abbey's Bookhop is one of the best bookshops for kids in Sydney. Their specialisation in children's books means their range is far-reaching, unique, and always brimming with new ideas and an interesting, thought-provoking curation of stories. Race you there! 

Location: 131 York St, Sydney

4. Gleebooks

Gleebooks best bookshops in Sydney
Whatever the occasion, Sydney's much-loved Gleebooks has you covered as one of the best bookshops for kids.

An absolute favourite Sydney bookstore, Gleebooks has a truly amazing range of children’s literature from birth to young adult and some excellent staff who can assist with finding the perfect book for any occasion. With locations in Glebe, Dulwich Hill, and Blackheath, Gleebooks is a delightful, engaging, and must-visit stalwart of the Sydney book scene.

Location: Multiple locations throughout Sydney, see Gleebooks Locations for details

5. Harry Hartog

Best bookshops in Sydney
Bookshops in Sydney don't come much better than Harry Hartog! 

With multiple locations throughout Sydney, Harry Hartog is a bookseller that champions a community feel, a thoughtfully curated selection of books for every generation, and plenty of creative ideas to engage readers young and old in their offering. Their child-focused interactive displays make Harry Hartog stores a must-visit for any budding booklover in Sydney.

Location: Multiple throughout Sydney, see Harry Hartog Locations for more information

6. Lost in Books

Lost in Books Fairfield
One of Sydney's best bookshops for kids, LOST IN BOOKS is a multilingual bookshop, cafe, and learning centre in Fairfield.

LOST IN BOOKS  is Sydney's ultimate creative hub for kids, adults, and women. This multilingual bookshop, cafe, and learning centre offers a fun, safe space where you can immerse yourself in different languages and cultures. 

The bookshop boasts a jam-packed public program that includes books, literacy, music, multilingual conversation, and well-being activities for everyone, regardless of their background. Plus, every purchase you make at this incredible bookshop goes towards supporting their mission of promoting multilingual literacies and creative production models. Sold!

Location: Shop 2 / 40 Harris St, Fairfield

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