Children's Bookshop, Muswell Hill
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.
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, Thursday and Sunday at 2pm and often features visits from authors.They have a very good educational section too and last week we bought a super book about how the body works, which is really useful for answering constant WHY questions.
Find out more about Bookworm here.
The Owl Bookshop, Kentish Town Road
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! I used to love coming here when I was a child and remember walking home with my purchases and being so excited to get reading. I only hope my children feel the same about books one day.
Big Green Bookshop, Wood Green
Another North London Mums favourite are Englands Lane Books in Hampstead and West End Lane Books in West Hampstead. Apart from having excellent children's book sections and being super child friendly, they also have fantastic events for children including recently a visit from Maisy herself and coming soon on 1st March Jill Murphy author of 5 Minutes Peace (a favourite) and The Worst Witch. There is also storytime at Englands Lane at 11am on Monday and 4pm on Friday and at West End Lane on Thursdays at 4pm.