Best Bookstore Storytime

Children of all ages will delight in the discoveries that lie between the pages at Books of Wonder
By Alizah Salario

Fun places for discerning young New Yorkers

Books of Wonder
18 West 18th St.
Books of Wonder was one of the nation's finest children's bookstores long before it earned celebrity status as the inspiration for the film “You've Got Mail” (Nora Ephron was a loyal customer). With a vast selection of classic and modern titles, original art from iconic illustrators like Maurice Sendak and a section devoted to the World of Oz, children of all ages will delight in the discoveries that lie between the pages here. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, booksellers host old-fashioned storytime.

La Librairie des Enfants
163 East 92nd St.
Only in Manhattan can children come so close Paris. La Librairie des Enfants, a French and English bookstore, hosts weekend Théâtre de Marionnettes (puppet shows) tailored to young audiences. These original 30 minute shows, performed in French and English, bring favorite children's stories to life through puppetry using the store's private marionnette collection imported from France. This cozy bookshop also encourages young readers to curl up with a good book any day of the week.

Bank Street Books
2780 Broadway
Bank Street's experienced booksellers are unmatched in their intimate knowledge of the illustrations and themes of the books they feature. A free story hour featuring award-winning books is held every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., where master storytellers CC and Mallory engage children with props, guitar-playing and more.