Page Turners: Top Toronto Kids’ Book Stores

Reports of the bookstore’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. Thank goodness! There are still plenty of charming book nooks to browse your way through.

Mabel’s Fables

This small, cozy store is a haven for young book-lovers. Organized by age for easier browsing, the downstairs caters to the younger ages while upstairs holds books for tweens and teens. Mabel’s carries fiction and non-fiction as well as housing a French section. Don’t miss out on their great programs too, for everyone from babies to young adult writers. And be sure to give a pat to the real Mabel the cat who lives in the store!

Read our in-depth review of Mabel’s Fables 

662 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, (416) 322-0438

Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore

This Toronto favourite offers books, toys, puzzles and games for all children from infants to teens. Those with infants or toddlers can take part in Sing, Baby, Sing, complete with stories and songs. And if you have time, don’t forget to visit the real bunnies in the back! Grab a latte and a treat at one of the many nearby cafes.

991 Kingston Rd, just west of Victoria Park, Toronto, (416) 698-2665

 

Mastermind Toys

Besides a great selection of educational and imaginative toys, Mastermind offers up a great selection of books for children. Whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, sticker or colouring, Mastermind has what you’re looking for. You can also find great theme-based reads during special times of the year, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, just to name a few. Comfy benches offer you a chance to sit down with your little one and explore a new world!

Multiple Locations | 


Another Story Bookshop

With more books for children than adults, Another Story is a great place to try. With a focus on social justice, equity and diversity, they carry the classics as well as popular titles. Popular titles are stories on First Nations as well as environmental books, and their books range from birth to teens. If you have a young one between the ages of 10 and 14, try out their young adult book club that meets once a month.

315 Roncesvalles Avenue 

Treasure Island Toys

With their entire back wall devoted to books, Treasure Island has a lot to choose from. From board books to early readers, they have something for everyone, as well as some French titles. Carpeted with seating, it’s accessible to sit down and flip through some titles with your little one. Their reading rack offers up books for kids to take a look at too.

581 Danforth Avenue 

Book City

With multiple locations around the city, Book City has become a well loved part of many neighbourhoods. Browse the substantial children’s section or pick something up for yourself.
348 Danforth Ave, Toronto, (416) 469-9997
2354 Bloor Street West, Toronto, (416) 961-4496
430 Yonge St, Toronto, (416) 926-0749

Image Credits: Ella Minnow (top two photos), Another Story Bookshop

 

Jen Farr

In my "previous life" I was a mental health professional...in my current life I'm a stay-at-home mom with 2 beautifully adventurous kids. I share everything that lands on my kitchen counter over on my blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles. Swing by and learn how we are greening their lives; what we are crafting; what we are cooking and what we are reading. While you will often find the girls and I inside the kitchen, you will also find us out and about getting our hands dirty, exploring and learning outdoors.

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