Friday, 17 July 2020

Directory of independent children's booksellers

Many independent children's bookshops and booksellers are currently in a very vulnerable financial position and need sustained customer support if they're going to survive beyond the next few months. This map is in no way fully comprehensive but hopefully it's a useful starting point to help find your local children's bookshop. Any further suggestions for additions to the map would be hugely appreciated, please add them in the comments box below.

Also, here's a link to a wonderful blog by Button and Bear, a children's bookshop in Shrewsbury, with ten ideas for how we can all support independent booksellers: https://www.buttonandbear.co.uk/your-independent-bookshop.

If you do end up buying a book as a result of this map and you have a few seconds spare, do let me know by posting a comment- would be great to know that it's being used.

37 comments:

  1. You should add Max Minerva's https://maxminervas.co.uk/

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  2. Quinn’s in Market Harborough

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  3. Broadhusrts, Southport http://www.ckbroadhurst.co.uk/

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  4. Barter Books, Alnwick https://www.barterbooks.co.uk/

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  5. Vida Guildford18 July 2020 at 10:21

    Hi, thank you so much for doing this, and for including Jacqson Diego Story Emporium on the map. However, for some reason the address is wrong. Our actual address is 444 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA. Our website is jacqsondiego.com

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    1. Sorted, thanks. Put the wrong postcode in I think.

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  6. Our company has stores in Naas Co Kildare, Waterford City, Wexford City and Kilkenny City! We are independent and proud!

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  7. Jon you are doing a massive job here and I and all Indies are eternally grateful. I hope the BA and others see and make use of their PR to get this seen. I had 2 orders today from your initial 'help' my website is new and a boost like this really helps it get seen.

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    1. Thanks Tony, really appreciate your comment. Hopefully it will get used. I was also planning to have an 'Indie Bookseller of the Week' focus or something similar, ask a few questions, get some recommendations, etc.

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  8. Brilliant idea John. Please would you add https://www.creditoncommunitybookshop.co.uk/ a brilliant community bookshop local to me which also organises lots of author visits for schools.
    My favourite Indy bookshop in Bath with the most extraordinary book knowledge for readers of all ages is https://mrbsemporium.com/

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  9. Hi Jon. Alligators Mouth Bookshop in Richmond, SW London. Fantastic team and quality recommendations.
    2A Church Ct, Richmond TW9 1JL,

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  10. Hi, what a great idea! Do you include online only independent book sellers? We have www.capeability.co.uk, which is teaching children of EYFS/ KS1 ages growth mindset through beautiful (if I do say so myself) stories.

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  11. Cover to Cover, Mumbles, Swansea

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  12. There’s also News From Nowhere Bookshop in Liverpool - they have a wonderful day l and very considered children’s section 😊😊

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  13. Do you include independent Usborne Organisers in your list? I believe I offer an amazing service in recommending the best books for families and helping schools and nurseries to recieve free books. Would love to be on your wonderful map.

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    1. Hi, thanks for your message. Not currently listing Usborne Organisers currently, that would probably need a new map. Jon

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  14. Madhatter Bookshop in Wantage, postcode OX12 9AQ is independent and fabulous!

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  15. Books and Pieces is fantastic and independent in Leicestershire. Postcode is LE7 4WH. Very highly recommended.

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  16. Alligator’s Mouth in Richmond upon Thames and is amazing! A real friend and help to teachers! https://www.thealligatorsmouth.co.uk/

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  17. Many thanks for doing this! Please can you add in Barnett's Books of Wadhurst. We have a superb children's department which was designed by the children themselves: www.barnettsbooks.com

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  18. This is great! Portobello Bookshop in Portobello Edinburgh has brilliant and big children's section, including really good graphic novels collection. www.theportobellobookshop.com @portybooks on twitter.

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  19. Not strictly a bookshop, but Atomic Comics in Yeovil has a great range of graphic novels which cater for all ages and very knowledgeable staff who can help support with which comic books/graphic novels are best for which ages. They've been helpful in helping me with my book corner for a primary school

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    https://atomiccomicsandgames.co.uk/
    https://www.facebook.com/AtomicComicsandGames

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  20. Could you please add Banner Books, 3 The Square, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, V95 D300, Republic of Ireland. www.bannerbooks.ie (FB https://www.facebook.com/ClareBannerBooks/ Twitter https://twitter.com/Banner_Books) - we have a large selection of books for children.

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    1. Thank you so much for your hard work on this!

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    2. Thank you so much for adding Banner Books.

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  21. You should have 'Write Blend' on there. Owner Bob Stone is fabulous. The address is: Write Blend, 124 South Road, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 0LR

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  22. This is a great idea! Please could you add Village Books in Dulwich (1d Calton Avenue SE21 7DE? They have a fabulous selection of children’s books and their recommendations/suggestions are always spot on. Thank you.

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  23. Dornoch Bookshop should be added - great local bookshop with fantastic children's section.

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  24. Stromness Books and Prints, Graham Place, Stromness, Orkney

    https://g.co/kgs/gU79gi

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  25. Whitties in Peebles 3 Pennel's Close, High St, Peebles EH45 8AG

    It's a brilliant wee shop run by a very friendly couple

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  26. I think the one in Wymondham outside Norwich is community bookshop Kett's Books. You have a tag, but no information. https://www.kettsbooks.co.uk/

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  27. The Secret Bookshelf
    Unit 8a The Courtyard, 38 Scotch Quarter, Carrickfergus, County Antrim, BT38 7DP

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  28. The Book House in Thame, Oxfordshire, is amazing, with incredible staff!
    http://thebookhousethame.co.uk/

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  29. Please could you add Hurrah For Books, an online children's bookshop which focuses on inclusive and diverse children's books. Based in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
    www.hurrahforbooks.co.uk

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  30. Such a fantastic idea, thank you. Please can you add www.amandasbooks.co.uk based in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.

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