5 awesome local bookstores your kids should visit

5 awesome local bookstores your kids should visit

One of my favorite things to do with the kids is visit local bookstores.

A good bookstore will keep all five of us – the kids AND me – entertained for hours. Of course, many of them offer storytimes or special events, but a bookstore with a great kids’ section doesn’t even need those things to keep us in there, getting comfy with a nice pile of books to read on-site and later when we get home. And one of my favorite things about local bookstores is that they can help with more specialized reading for the area, or offer up ideas based on what’s going on in the community. For example, The Bookies has pulled an array of books about Alexander Hamilton and the time he lived since Denver is currently a little Hamilton-crazy. Love it!

Here are five of our favorite local bookstores in Denver and the surrounding areas:

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1.) Second Star to the Right
4353 Tennyson St., Denver 80212
303-455-1527

This children’s bookstore, right down the street from Book Bar, is one of our favorites. Tons of books to curl up with…and a cozy little nook where kids can actually curl up to read them. Second Star has storytime every morning at 10:30a, and tons of other special events for kids like a shoe-tying class and LEGO tinker time. The store also carries educational, high-quality toys along with their variety of books – many which you won’t find at a more mainstream store. The gardens and front porch add another magical touch to a quaint spot.

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2.) Tattered Cover
Denver, LoDo, Union Station, and Aspen Grove

Our local Tattered Cover is at Aspen Grove, which has a fantastic children’s area. There are tons of books, and spots to sit and read. There are also some stuffed animals and toys around for kids to check out. And the stores host many events for kids as well, including the upcoming Colorado Children’s Book Festival in May. My tip: if you head to the Aspen Grove store, stop in at the See’s Candies a few stores down for a little treat afterward.
5 great local kids' bookstores in the Denver area

3.) Hearthfire Books and Treats
1254 Bergen Parkway (Bergen Village Shopping Center)
Evergreen 80439
303-670-4549

We stumbled on this bookstore while at the Evergreen Farmer’s Market a few years ago, and I have to admit the big draw for my kids was that they also serve frozen yogurt. However, along with the treats (and coffee for you! Yes!), they have a variety of kids’ books and toys. The bookstore makes a fun stop while exploring Evergreen, and is a great place to pick up a book for quiet time after you’ve been out hiking or running around.

4.) The Bookies Bookstore
4315 E. Mississippi Ave, Denver 80246
303-759-1117Along with pulling books based on what’s going on locally (like Hamilton!), this bookstore has a wide array of children’s and young adult books, along with suggested summer reading lists for every age. They also host storytime every Tuesday, AND you get 15% off if you pay by check or cash in-store so come prepared!

5.) BookBar
4280 Tennyson Street, Denver 80212
303-284-0194

Just up the street from Second Star, the BookBar has drinks and a cafe, along with a selection of books for the kids to read while you sip your wine (yasssss!). They also have storytime Tuesdays and Thursdays, along with happy hour at the same time – bring the kids for a story and get 1/2 off all kids meals and wines.

Do you have a favorite bookstore that I missed? I’d love to hear about it!

5 great local kids' bookstores in the Denver area

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