7 Best Children’s Bookstores in Singapore Your Kids Will Love
Living | November 19, 2019
Besides large bookstore chains like Kinokuniya, Times and Popular, where else in Singapore we can find interesting titles for our little readers? This question is well answered by a number of Singaporean book lovers who set up independent bookstores and stock a wide range of children books to cultivate reading among kids.
If you are on a mission to get your kids into reading, the 7 best children’s bookstores below can help.
1. My Greatest Child
My Greatest Child has been around for almost a decade now, which means it has survived the emergence of fancy gadgets and distracting social media apps.
The store’s mission is to promote reading to children of all ages by selling books and other educational materials at affordable prices. Much of the books and stationery that they sell at My Greatest Child are imported from Australia, United Kingdom, and the United States.
My Greatest Child is one of the biggest bookstores in Singapore, boasting of more than 1,000 titles in the children’s section alone. This selection is comprised of colorful picture books, early readers, young adult literature, and various reference titles. MGC’s book fairs are well-anticipated because of the huge price drop that readers enjoy.
Monday to Friday: 11:00 – 22:00
Weekends: 10:00 – 22:00
City Square Mall #B2-03
180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
PHONE: 6509 8921
2. Junior Page
It’s easy to understand how the owners came up with the idea of opening a children’s bookstore. It’s because they are huge book lovers themselves and wish to cultivate reading among little kids.
You will find colorful books with dynamic illustrations and huge prints for infants and little tykes, sort of an introduction to the world around them – about alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and all those basic concepts.
As the kids’ reading comprehension skill develops, so does the selection of books. There is a wide assortment of fiction books that not only take them to different worlds, but also teach important lessons.
Monday to Friday: 11:00 – 20:00
Weekends: 11:00 – 15:00
460 Alexandra Road
#02-40 Alexandra Retail Centre
3. Littered with Books
Stepping into Littered with Books is akin to traveling back in time – and, no, it’s not simply because of the literary treasures stashed inside, but because this bookstore is found in a conservation shophouse. As you enter the bookstore, you can play pretend that you’re going inside a shady opium house or gambling den in the 19th century.
Littered with Books has two storeys – and the sight of a bookstore this big in this era of advanced technology is enough to bring a warm, fuzzy feeling to book lovers. If you have no idea what book to pick for your kid, the owners are generous with recommendations or better yet, retreat to one of the many peaceful nooks and leaf through a few interesting titles.
Monday to Thursday: 12:00 – 20:00
Friday: 12:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 11:00 – 21:00
Sunday: 11:00 – 20:00
20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
4. Woods in the Books
Woods in the Books is a rare gem in the colorful tapestry of shops at Tiong Bahru. The vibrant life-size paintings of fictional characters on the glass doors and windows will give you an idea of the kind of books encased inside.
What makes Woods in the Books perfect for young children is that the owners themselves handpick the picture books that make it to their shelves. They make their choices by taking in consideration the stories and illustrations that will captivate the kids and ultimately encourage them to read as a part of their everyday life.
Woods in the Books’ unique concept is so successful that they had to open their second branch, Books Ahoy, on Orchard Road.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 – 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 20:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 18:00
3 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168642
5. My Imagination Kingdom
To open a bookstore in the year 2014 is a brave, commendable move for an entrepreneur. My Imagination Kingdom started as an online bookstore which eventually expanded its operations when the owners realized that they wanted to do more in the name of literacy, to be more proactive in developing a reading habit among the youth. Alas, My Imagination Kingdom bookstore was born.
The books at My Imagination Kingdom are classified according to age and theme, making it easy for both children and parents to pick out the perfect book. Children’s classics are a big hit at My Imagination Kingdom, and so is their selection of award-winning contemporary literature. They also have plenty of pop-up books that are a perfect reward to young kids who behave really well.
Monday to Sunday: 10:30 – 21:00
11 Tanjong Katong Road
03-43 OneKM, Singapore 437157
PHONE: 6702 2452
6. Closetful of Books
Closetful of Books is run by a couple who are wildly in love with books, so much so that they have made it their mission to spread the habit of reading to as many people – especially the young ones – as they can. They are so passionate in carrying out their mission that they handpick every title in the store, which comes handy for parents who need recommendations for their children.
Their book selection ranges from pictures books to early readers to junior fiction to young adult literature to titles from Singaporean authors. Closetful of Books’ eclectic book collection makes their book fairs a huge hit in schools.
Aside from touring schools, Closetful of Books has also hosted several events at the store such as the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.
Monday to Fri: 09:00 – 18:00
ONLINE STORE: www.closetfulofbooks.com
71 Ubi Road 1 #07-43
PHONE: 6908 5510
7. Bookaburra (Closed)
Bookaburra is the kind of bookstore that you bring your children to when you want to acquaint them with literary classics and at the same time open their mind to quaint and largely-unheard-of titles. This trendy place is considered to be the best children’s bookstore in Singapore because of it wealthy array of books, with titles that are apt for every age group.
Bookaburra values the endangered habit of reading and is on a mission to inculcate this practice among the youth by regularly holding book fairs around Singapore.
It also encourages parents to bring their children and participate in a lively and interactive storytelling session on Friday afternoons. This doesn’t only nurture the child’s interest in reading but also fosters bonding between parents and children and encourages interaction with other kids.
Monday to Sunday: 09:30 – 20:00
583 Orchard Road
#02-03/04 Forum The Shopping Mall
PHONE: (+65) 6235 9232