Portlanders are known for being well-read, so start your little ones out right with a visit to one of our city’s best bookstores for kids. Whether you want to run in and grab a gift for a birthday party, or stay and relax for a while, there are plenty of independent bookstores in the metro area with curated collections for your itty bitty readers to explore.
Green Bean Books, courtesy of Jennifer G. via Yelp
Green Bean Books
This charming bookstore looks more like an enchanted house, and what’s inside is sure to delight. Based in the Alberta Arts District, Green Bean Books offers books for babies to adults. Plop down on the cozy couch with your kids and test run some books! Curios and novelties, including fake mustaches, finger puppets, and vintage vending machines, will also keep tykes entertained. You may also buy, sell or trade your books here, and enjoy their storytime every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon.
1600 NE Alberta St.
A Children’s Place Bookstore
Portland’s oldest independent children’s bookstore, A Children’s Place Bookstore has been keeping local families well-read for nearly 40 years. Generations of yesteryear have many fond memories of visiting this bookstore as children, and now they peruse the store’s titles with their own children in tow. In 2006 the store was expanded to include a large play area for kids as well as a stage area for visiting authors. Bibliophiles take note: ask about A Children’s Place’s frequent buyer program to qualify for discounts and free books. And mark your calendars for their storytime, every Thursday morning at 10:30 a.m.
4807 NE Fremont St.
Photo: Powell’s City of Books, courtesy of Jonamir Ian C.V. via Yelp
This famous “city of books,” which offers over a million intermingled new and used titles, borders Portland’s Pearl District and includes a giant children’s section that is basically its own store within Powell’s. A great money-saving tip is to take advantage of their expansive used book collection and buy great treasures at a fraction of the cost. There are also dozens of kid-friendly toys and gifts in the store, making Powells a wonderful place to purchase a gift card that will foster your child’s affinity for the written word.
1005 W Burnside St.
Grasshopper is a gorgeous children’s boutique which offers toys, clothing, decor and a well-curated selection of fantastic books for kids, making it a one-stop shop! Staffers call their book section their “biggest pride and joy,” as it features sentimentally chosen classics, old favorites, and new, hard to find titles which are destined to become beloved mainstays on your child’s bookshelf.
1816 NE Alberta Street
Credit: Annie Bloom’s Books via Yelp
Annie Blooms is a sweet little bookstore that has been nestled in Multnomah Village since 1978. The quaint children’s section is located in the back of the shop, and it’s a quiet haven for reading a story to your little one. Kids will especially enjoy taking a ride on the dragon rocking chair, after perhaps reading a book about a dragon.
7834 SW Capitol Hwy.
Jacobsen’s Books & More
This family run bookstore is more than just a place to find your favorite paperbacks. With tons of awesome writing workshops, author talks, and kids-oriented reading programs, it’s a total family reading hotspot (not to mention their fun kids play area)! Check out their Kids Indie Next List to get your little ones stoked about the next book on their reading list and visit this Portland hidden gem that the whole family will adore.
211 E Main St.
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— Kelley Gardiner