Little Shop of Stories

Think bookstores are a dying breed? Take another look around Atlanta. We have all kinds of bookstores from small, local shops and speciality stores to giant national chains. Some focus only on kids’ books while others have books for everyone with amazing kids’ sections. Read on to browse our list of favorites.

Little Shop of Stories

People go gaga over this whimsical bookstore on the Decatur square. Take one step inside and you will see why. Little Shop of Stories has tall ceilings with artwork-adorned walls and books for children, young adults and adults. Their book-enthused staff makes suggestions and they host author signings, story times and camps.

Half Price Books 

For a huge selection at great prices, it’s hard to beat national chain Half Price Books. Check out their inventory of new and used children’s books at one of two locations in Georgia–Decatur and East Cobb. Be sure to bring in your own gently used books to sell there too.

Tall Tales Books

Tall Tales Books

The folks at Tall Tales in Toco Hills consider themselves book whisperers. They know a thing or two about books –they’ve been around since 1979. Here you’ll find mainstream books as well as rare titles and a great children and young adult section. Bonus: they gift wrap.

Barnes and Noble 

Sure, B&N is huge. There are 13 of them in the Atlanta area alone. But one thing that can make it feel a little more intimate is their B&N Kids Club. When parents join the free program, they get 30% off list price on any one kids’ book or toy, a $5 reward for every $100 spent on kids’ stuff online and in stores and a free cupcake for all of their children’s birthdays.

The Listening Tree Owners Omar & Kimberly Finley

The Listening Tree

The owners of this children’s book store in Decatur call it a “booktique” and they feature black authors with books about black children. In addition to their awesome book selection, they offer kids’ programs like the “B-Boys and B-Girls Book Club,” where children receive a book every month, as well as the “Young Entrepreneurs’ Program.” 

FoxTale Book Shoppe (credit: Jennifer Carter)

FoxTale Book Shoppe

Folks love to hit FoxTale in downtown Woodstock for its diverse mix of books including signed first editions, new and used books. They have a children’s section with soft floor rugs, tiny chairs and of course tons of kids’ books.

The Book Stop

Stop in this charming bookstore in Smyrna/Vinings for all gently used books, including lots of great reads for children. And because all of The Book Stop’s books are 50% of the publisher’s list price, parents can buy even more books for their kids. Plus, customers can get store credit if they sell their own books.

Posman Books

Shoppers at Ponce City Market love to pop into Posman Books for gifts, cards and of course, books. Their children’s section is in the back and is expansive with Golden books, Dr. Seuss, biographies and more.

The Story Shop (photo by David Cannon Photography)

The Story Shop

This bright, whimsical children’s bookstore is a favorite of those who live near Monroe. The store itself is decorated like a cozy, kid wonderland; in addition to the plethora of books, they hold events like story times and a monthly family book club.

Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop

Toy Stores with Book Sections 

Parents shopping for toys and books can find both at some of Atlanta’s cool, local toy stores. Rhen’s Nest Toy Shop, for instance, has a great selection of children’s books (like Pete the Cat and Usborne books) at both their Ponce City Market and Glenwood Park locations. True to its name, Richard’s Variety Store in Midtown has a variety of children’s books from classic to current titles. Seed Factory in the Westside provisions district has board books and and a nice selection of children’s favorites. Treehouse Kid and Craft also has plenty of children’s books sprinkled throughout its two locations in Atlanta and Athens.

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