Whether you want to get your little scholar excited to go back to school, or if you’re just looking for somewhere other than your apartment to laze away a rainy day reading to your toddler, NYC has an independent bookstore that’ll cater to your kid’s bookish desires. Some are stocked heavily with unique picture books while others will charm you with their comfy kid’s corners and storytime and sing-along schedules. Read on to discover the best independent book stores for kids in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Greenlight Bookstore

While we love the well-designed and well-stocked children's corner of this Brooklyn bookstore, the reason it makes our list is its impressive list of family-friendly events. Every Saturday features a story time at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 2:30 p.m. you can sing along with Jarrod. Keep an eye on the calendar - other singalong sessions and a kids book club are scheduled throughout the year.

Greenlight Bookstore
686 Fulton St., Fort Greene, 718-246-0200


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— Alina Adams & Julie Seguss