Wondering where to shop in Toronto for the perfect summer read? Contributor Rebecca Ruddle has the scoop for you.
Every once in a while, you come upon a store that is so inviting and charming that you just want to move in and live there in the hopes that the owners will adopt you. This is how I feel about Type Books, an independent Toronto bookstore with two locations, one on Queen Street West and one in Forest Hill Village. And really, who could resist this place after seeing that short film of what goes on in the store after dark?
I recently popped into the Forest Hill Village store on a cloudy day and my brain went into instant relaxation mode. Bookstores have that affect on me. This location is not all that big, but one could easily pass an hour and only scratch the surface of all there is to see. Owners Joanne and Samara meticulously choose and organize everything in the store. The results are both eye catching and interesting.
A Dream Come True
“We wanted a place that was inviting and beautiful and well curated, full of the books and gifts that we love. We wanted a place with careful attentive service and a community vibe. We think of ourselves as a friendly neighbourhood bookshop with a little bit of everything,” says Joanne. “We have the most amazing customers, both young and old and a great gang of regulars that have been with us since the very beginning. We think (hope!) they love the welcoming space, the great service and the carefully chosen selection of books.”
Joanne and Samara met at the University of Toronto while working on their doctorates. “We often wondered what we would do once we finished if we didn’t pursue academia. The book store is our dream.” The Queen St. West location opened up in 2005 and the Forest Hill Village one followed three years later.
Where to Shop in Toronto for Summer Reads for Kids
Joanne and Samara are also Toronto moms. “We both have young kids. Samara’s are 4, 8 and 10 and mine are 6 and 11, so we take a special pride in our kids’ sections – our kids tend to tell us what to buy.”
Who better then, to offer all our Toronto Mom Now readers a fabulous summer reads list for kids?
“There are so many great summer reads that it’s hard to choose,” says Joanne, “but here it goes…”
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“Little Miss Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Little Master Melville’s Moby-Dick by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver. These are gorgeous, smart and fun.”
“We like Chris Rascha’s, Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bike, Lemony Snickett’s The Dark and Melanie Watt’s Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping.”
For the Under-Ten Set
“We’re recommending Heidi Heckelbeck Goes to Camp by Wanda Coven and Priscilla Burris and Sami’s Sleepaway Summer by Jenny Meyerhoff.”
For Tweens and Teens
“We love John Green’s, The Fault in Our Stars and Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.”
If you’re looking for a great summer read for yourself or your kids, you can see why Type Books is a great solution for where to shop in Toronto.