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