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A Guide to the best magical, chidren’s bookstores to visit in the UK and Northern Ireland.

At The Dragon’s Quill, a good bookshop is defined as a second home. Somewhere cosy, with the right colour palette, atmosphere and the best selection of books! The perfect bookstore would stock a combination of classics, old rustic editions and new, bright, quirky editions. There would be comfy seats and inviting, knowledgeable staff that welcome you in. For children, a bookstore should be a portal to a realm of mystery and magic. A thousand adventures await them inside. For adults, a bookstore should also be this, but also… provide coffee. A bookstore should be a community of like minded people and a haven to hide away from the world for a few hours.

The Dragon’s Quill (Dromore, Northern Ireland)

As The Dragon’s Quill is at the start of it’s journey, we do not have retail premises just yet. We are however running a popup children’s bookstore while we wait. The great thing about a children’s popup bookstore is that we can move around freely, allowing us to bring the magic of reading to more children throughout Northern Ireland. Are popup bookstall can be found at local markets, empty retail premises on the high street and at local events held in your community. Our local bookstalls are packed with fun games to bring the magic into reading, including my childhood favourite, “ the lucky dip” – only this game has a twist, you pick from a giant Dragon’s Egg. 

Tales on Moon Lane childrens bookstore uk

Tales on Moon Lane Bookshop ( London, England)

Bags of books is an independent children’s bookshop in Lewes, East Sussex. They feel passionately about helping children find great quality books that will inspire them to become readers for life. They seek out those really great children’s books that both kids and adults will like. 

We love the building this bookshop is based in, it’s over 400 years old and still has the old english design! The business is family owned and has been operating for 20 years. If you are visiting Sussex, you should call in and see them to find a great children’s book.

inside bag of books childrens bookstore uk

Bags of Books ( East Sussex, England)

The Tales of Moon lane is a dedicated and independent childrens bookshop. Their staff absolutely love kids books. They run in store events including storytime and phonics sessions which are both interactive and multisensory. The bookstop is sitting in the heart of herne hill in London. The bookshop is bright, fun and instantly welcoming, if you are visiting London, make sure to pay this bookstore a visit.

the chesire cat children's bookstore in the uk

Simply Books, (Chesire, England)

Simply books is an award winning children’s bookstore located in the Chesire market town of Bramhall. This bookstore really plays a part in their community by hosting great kid’s events and monthly baby books groups. For those that like a coffee with their book, they also have a great Alice in Wonderland themed cafe with a tasty selection of cakes. This bookshop is not to be missed.

octavias childrens bookstore uk

Octavia’s Bookshop (Gloucestershire, England)

I personally love the look of this bookshop. It has  a “ flourish and blotts” feel from Harry Potter. Octavia’s bookshop is a previous winner of the Best Independent Children’s Bookseller Award. This bookstore is extremely welcoming with comfortable chairs and knowledgeable staff. The owner is keen to pass on her love for books to young readers. 

storytellers childrens book stocked by The Dragons Quill bookstore in northern ireland

Storytellers Inc  (Lancashire, England)

Storytellers is a beautiful bookstore based in the seaside town of St Annes. This bookstore was shortlisted for The Children’s Bookseller of the Year Award. Storytellers have a dedicated children’s reading room and a reading den for kids to relax.

We hope you enjoy visiting the wonderful children’s bookstores in the United Kingdom. We are currently taking requests for markets and events to host The Dragon’s Quill popup bookstore.

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