Bookstores are kinda like Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories, just waiting to take you on another journey. For little bookworms who love to get lost in pages filled with people, places and things, these shops will make their jaws drop. From spots with play areas to dazzling decor(imagine books literally flying off the shelves!) flip through the slideshow below to discover 15 of the most kid-friendly bookstores across the U.S.

Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore – Cincinnati, Oh

If it weren’t for the shelves and shelves of books, the creative and funky decor would have you convinced Blue Manatee is pure play land. Everything is designed to cater to your doodlebugs, from their story times to eco-friendly, organic café. Just a quick perusal of their Facebook shows that they’ve welcomed beloved visitors like R2D2, the Hungry Caterpillar and more through their doors. 


photo: Jordan C. via yelp


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— Christal Yuen