There is nothing quite like cracking open a brand-new book; the feel of the pages, the smell of the paper, and of course, the captivating characters and spellbinding storylines. A visit to your local bookstore can open your child’s eyes to the wonderful world of books and help instill a lifelong love of reading. Click through the gallery to see our favorite local bookstores that love kids and put a premium on pint-sized readers.

Half Price Books

Although it’s the largest family-owned bookstore in the country with more than 120 locations, Half Price Books has the look and feel of a local bookstore. The store’s main focus is buying and selling new and used books, music, movies, games and collectibles. Each location has a large children’s area filled with books, toys and snuggly stuffed animals. And the store features unique finds at budget prices. For more than 45 years, Half Price Books’ mission has been to support literacy and environmental initiatives in the communities they serve and support hundreds of projects that serve the community. With over seven locations in Western Washington, including Bellevue, Everett, Lynnwood, Olympia Outlet, Redmond, Tacoma and Tukwila, there’s sure to be one in your neighborhood.

Bonus: Half Price Books' buy back program is open daily. When your child has outgrown his or her favorite reads, consider selling them back to make room for new selections.

To find a location near you, click here.

photo: Half Price Books Facebook page

Does your family have a favorite neighborhood book store? Tell us what makes it so special in the comments below.

— Abbey McGee