Get your little one into the healthy habit of reading with these kid-friendly bookstores in Singapore.
This whimsical independent bookstore greets you even before you step in, with life-sized (well, kid-sized) illustrations welcoming you to lose yourself in their reads. Peruse the hand-picked curation of picture books for the young and young-at-heart, including works by Singaporean artists.
3 Yong Siak St, Singapore 168642
NEXT: Books Ahoy! →
Live out an adventure, from fantastic flights of fantasy to marvels of the natural world, at Books Ahoy!, the younger sister of Woods in the Books. They also hold regular events and story-telling sessions, including a recent Harry Potter-themed Hogwarts House Party that even involved a quidditch tournament!
#02-03 Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884
NEXT: My Greatest Child →
Browse over 1,000 titles in the children’s section, most of which are imported from USA, UK and Australia. While you’re picking some books out for the little ones, let them hop over to the educational toys section to keep themselves occupied.
#03-19/20 NEX, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083
NEXT: Bookaburra →
Go from timeless classics to uncommon titles and genres at this specialist children’s bookseller. With their large array of books, you’re bound to find something that your kid won’t be able to put down.
#02-03/04 Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884
NEXT: My Imagination Kingdom →
Kudos to this online bookstore which eventually took it to a physical retail space – one they’ve made into a cosy, kid-friendly nook – so as to make reading more accessible to the young ones. After all, there’s a certain magic of reading that only a physical book can offer. Tip: Books are classified by age group, which makes things even easier.
#03-15 One KM, 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437157
NEXT: Closetful of Books →
Need any recos? Resident bookworm Denise Tan can help. Starting Closetful of Books out of a desire for kids to be accompanied by words weaved into magical stories, an experience that she cherished as a child, you’ll find some fantastic children’s literature, as well as workshops about growing your child’s reading repertoire.
#07-43 Oxley BizHub 1, 71 Ubi Rd, Singapore 408732
NEXT: Maha Yu Yi →
There are many cognitive benefits of bilingualism, especially when nurtured from a young age. Try Chinese bookstore Maha Yu Yi, which houses a specialized kids’ section. P.S. They also supply to primary schools, kindergartens and childcare centres – so you know you’re in good hands.
#03-07 & #03-11 Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
NEXT: Kinokuniya →
One of the biggest chain of bookstores on the island, you’ll not only find great picture and pop-up books for the kids, but also a whole array of fiction, non-fiction, magazines from around the world and more for yourself. If you’d like to meet the authors of the latest releases at book signings and social sessions, Kinokuniya is also your best bet.
#04-20/20A/20B/20C/21 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, 391 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238872
NEXT: Times Bookstore →
Stepping into the dedicated Times Junior section at the Waterway Point outlet is like stepping into a whole new world of adventure, even before you get started on the books. Think castle-themed decor that evoke a sense of adventure and ample space even for the fidgety kids. And shelves and shelves of kid-friendly reads, as well as storytime sessions and educational workshops.
#02-19 Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
NEXT: Bras Basah Complex →
If by books, you mean assessment books, wander into one of the many stores in the unsuspecting Bras Basah Complex to find past-year examination papers from top schools in Singapore, workbooks and more (aka, the secret weapon of Singaporean students).
Bras Basah Complex, 231 Bain St, Singapore 180231
NEXT: Woods in the Books →
By Pinky Chng, October 2017
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