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Story Time...children's bookshops in North London

Whilst so much that we buy can easily be done over the internet, there is something inescapably magical about plunging into a children's book shop. Here are a few of our favourite children's bookstores and bookstores that are particularly child-friendly...

  Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill

The aptly named Children's Bookshop is a family run business which is all about inspiring children to love books. Captured neatly on their website: they are committed to "getting the right book to the right child".

It is certainly a shop which encourages you to linger and search, from the latest glossy books on display to the rich selection stacked within the shop. They have regular and often high profile book signings- North London Mum stumbled across a book signing by Lauren Child and could barely contain her own excitement! The shop was shortlisted for the 2011 Walker Books Children's Independent Bookseller of the Year Award.

Find out more about the Children's Bookshop at  http://bit.ly/muswellhillbooks.

Bookworm, Temple Fortune

Almost grotto-like when you enter, Bookworm is an inviting shop for kids to explore and spend time reading the huge range of books on offer. The knowledgeable staff are happy to make suggestions or point you in the right direction.  The shop has storytelling for toddlers every Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm and often features visits from authors.

Find out more about Bookworm here.

The Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road

This is a real favourite with locals and for good reason. It stocks a good range of books for all ages, and in particular has a great section for kids. The shop also hosts a range of events, readings and signings on a regular basis.

Tales on Moon Lane, Herne Hill

If you fancy venturing further afield, Tales on Moon Lane is well worth the trip. This year's winner of the Walker Independent Children's Bookshop of the year 2011, the shop focuses on encouraging children to read for pleasure and is a great place to explore books. There are weekly storytelling sessions each Thursday at 9.30 and also organises a children's reading group.  Find out more information here. 

Ripping Yarns, Highgate

For something different, visit Ripping Yarns in Highgate.  This is a second-hand bookshop largely devoted to old children's fiction-from comics and annuals to boys' and girls' adventure stories.  Spend time unearthing all those old classics from your childhood! http://bit.ly/rippingyarns 

Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green

This gem in Wood Green was opened after the big chain store its owners worked in Wood Green closed, leaving the area with no dedicated bookshop. It is now a firm favourite with the community and runs lots of lovely events for children including a dedicated children's book group on Saturday mornings. Follow on twitter @biggreenbooks for updates on events and a wry report on life in Wood Green. 

Have you got any other children's bookstore gems to recommend? Do let us know!

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