A love of books is one of the greatest gifts we can give our little ones, and with good bookstores slowly dwindling in number in S’pore, we’ve been on the hunt to find the best of what’s left! Lucky for us, there’s still plenty of boutique bookstores around that are filled with pretty picture books and classic children’s literature, as well as a healthy dose of fiction and non-fiction titles for older readers. So if thumbing through a paper book with your child is at the top of your to-do list, here’s our guide to the best children’s bookstores in Singapore. Here’s to reading, mama!
Well-known as one of the best children’s bookstores in Singapore, Bookaburra offers an award-winning selection of kids’ books at their outlet at the Forum, as well as a well-stocked warehouse that supplies their regular school book fairs. With a wide selection of picture books, from the popular classics, to the more artistic, as well as an equally impressive range of contemporary children’s literature, this independent bookstore is a delightful place for mamas with kids of all ages to visit for their next book purchase.
Pssst! If your wee ones love a good story telling sesh, head to Bookaburra at the Forum on Friday afternoons from 2:30pm for their weekly story telling session.
583 Orchard Road, #02-03/04 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884
Tel: (+65) 6235 9232
Open Mon to Sun 9:30am – 8pm
A staunch supporter of local writers and as one of the original pioneers in boutique bookstores in Singapore, Books Actually features fictional literature, vintage collectible books, a range of Singaporean hardbacks, as well as fun knick knacks for little ones. Kiddos will be fascinated by their quirky old typewriters and lomo cameras (keep an eye out for Cake the cat whilst you are there) while mamas can choose from an impressive collection of notebooks and journals to inspire some writing. This quaint bookstore has a simple charm that’ll encourage you to stay and poke through many of their titles!
9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645
Tel: (+65) 6221 1170
Open Mon 11am – 6pm, Tue-Fri 11am – 9pm, Sat 10am – 9pm & Sun 10am – 6pm.
Founded by a group of book lovers, Junior Page is a one-stop book shop that offers a wide range of children’s books at reasonable prices. Browse through their impressive range of kids books — you’ll find everything from adventure to education, fiction to reference books all under one roof. Aimed at nurturing good reading habits amongst littl’uns, the book buyers at Junior Page are seriously talented at sourcing top-rate books at affordable prices. Drop past their bricks and mortar store in Alexandra or do your shopping online — the choice is yours!
460 Alexandra Road, #02-40 Alexandra Retail Centre, Singapore 119963
Open Mon to Fri 11am – 8pm, Sat to Sun 11am – 3pm
This massive, maze-like Japanese book-megastore is pure literary heaven for book lovers of all ages. From the latest New York Times bestsellers (for mamas!) to beautiful kids pop-up books, magazines, stationary, gifts, and even Japanese comics, mamas and their little bookworms will find themselves spoilt for choice at Kinokuniya! With its extensive stock and friendly staff, this fabbo book store is the kind of shop to wile away many happy hours with the kiddos, while you flip through any number of children’s paperbacks.
391 Orchard Road, #03-09/10/15 Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Tel: (+65) 6737 5021
Open Sun to Fri 10am – 9:30pm, Sat: 10am – 10pm
They also have smaller outlets at Liang Court, Bugis Junction and JEM at Jurong.
Set in a restored shophouse in the trendy Ann Siang Hill area, the two-story Littered with Books is a classic bookstore with every genre of book imaginable! From children’s literature to timeless classics, science fiction, to travel and cook books, as well as a fantastic selection of contemporary Singaporean fiction for the grown-ups, this fabbo book haven also hosts regular children’s reading sessions (typically on Sunday afternoons) — it’s a nice way to spend some quality time with your little bookworms.
20 Duxton Road, Singapore 089486
Tel: (+65) 6220 6824
Open Mon to Thu 12pm – 8pm, Fri 12pm – 9pm, Sat 11am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 8pm
Featuring a range of classic and contemporary picture books, comics and graphic novels, Woods in the Books is a lovely place for mamas (and their little ones!) who want to rediscover their childhood favourites. This cute boutique stocks a range of classics like Pippi Longstocking, Tin Tin and Puss in Boots, as well as Math Paper Press titles and other works from Singaporean artists. With all titles handpicked by owner Shannon Ong and her partner Mike Foo (with murals painted by Mike!) the store is lovely to look at… and fabulous to browse!
3 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168642
Tel: (+65) 6222 9980
Open Tue to Sat & PH 11am – 8pm, Sun 11am – 6pm
9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-32 Millennia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: (+65) 6337 3385
Open Mon to Sun 11am – 8pm
We couldn’t resist mentioning these two for helping successfully fill our bookcases…
After its surprising end in 2011, Borders is back and this time they’re at the new Westgate Mall, with over 8000sqft of new books to flip through! Is the new Borders as good as before? Well… you’ll have to check it out for yourself mama!
#04-26/27 Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532
Tel: (+65) 6375 4838
Open Mon to Sun 10am – 10pm
As one of the leading retailers of English books in the Little Red Dot, Times offers a massive range of books, including a decent selection of children’s books and stationary. They also host a number of exciting activities and workshops throughout the year for junior readers, so keep an eye on their website for dates and times.
176 Orchard Road, #04-08/09/10/11 Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Tel: (+65) 6734 9022
Open Mon to Sun 10.30am – 9:30pm
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