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.

Secret Garden Bookshop

Just off bustling Market Street in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, you’ll find Secret Garden Books. This full-service, independent bookstore offers something for everyone, but their primary focus is children’s literature. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, this neighborhood icon continues to expand its positive impact on our local community by featuring author visits, cultural events and book fairs. The knowledgeable staff includes longtime booksellers who are ready to help pick out books for all readers. And they offer two special book groups for young readers: The Young Readers Society for ages 8–11 and the Teen Book Club for ages 11–14. Check out the online events calendar for meeting times. For the wee ones, there are toddler-sized tables perfect for looking at books. Stop by and peruse the shelves (and shelves!) of books that are waiting to spark your child’s imagination.

Bonus: The Secret Garden is within walking distance of cafes, galleries, shops, and, of course, coffee! Skillet – Ballard and Hot Cakes – Molten Chocolate Cakery are within a stone’s throw of the bookstore and family favorites!

Secret Garden Books
2214 N.W. Market St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-789-5006
Online: secretgardenbooks.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

photo: Colby S. via Yelp

Does your little bookworm have a favorite bookstore? Tell us what makes it so special in the comments below.

— Abbey McGee