“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis
This past holiday Monday, Kirsten and I were able to take the kids to one of our favorite places: Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. There is nothing like the smell of books in a bookstore. There are so many things that I love about this book store I don’t know where to begin. First, I love the women who work here. Each one is more knowledgable than the next. They are always there to provide great recommendations for a book whether it’s an old favorite or a new release. I love that I can tell them what my kids are reading and loved or were not into and they can always steer me in the right direction. They are also more than happy to do an exchange if needed. In a way, it’s a bit of a Literary Apothecary (See our upcoming review for Little Paris Bookshop.)
The front of the store has a small and wonderful adult section filled with new releases and favorite authors. As you move toward the back of the store, there is a section on fairytales, non-fiction and tween books. The back of the store is filled with hardcover and paperback children’s books and a few character stuffies. There is also a great area to sit and read the books.
Children’s Book World has a great rewards program that is free unlike some other reward programs. When you make a purchase, they will write down the price of each book on a card. After 10 purchases, you receive 10% back toward your next purchase. If you purchase 10 books or more, you automatically get 10% on all the books of that purchase. I love it and definitely make good use of it. I know that I am more than happy when my kids receive books as gifts. They are the one thing that doesn’t break, doesn’t get boring and will be used over and over!
Throughout the year there are amazing events that take place at Children’s book World. Here is a list of a few upcoming author visits:
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*I am particularly excited about this visit as Mr. Van Dusen is one of my all time favorites. Look for our review on all things Chris Van Dusen with some activities to go with it next month!!!!
Kirsten and I both found some great items this trip and our children are happily reading them again and again at home. Kirsten’s oldest child is learning to read, so he chose some level 1 reading books, while her younger one is very into robots and pirates. If I had a Little Dream was Kirsten’s pick for the beautiful pictures and lyrical story of the joys of everyday life.
I chose two first readers for my littlest book worm along with Not Quite Narwhal. The pictures in this book are amazing and so is the sweet message that it delivers. For my younger son, he chose two “Choose your own Adventures” books along with a “Who Was” book. For my oldest, I had help choosing two books that he is almost done reading already!
Have you ever been to Children’s Book World? What do you think of this Magical Store?